'Immediate Window Of Concern' Passes For Latest Ohio State Online Threat
After issuing a warning to students about a second online threat in a week, Ohio State Police said Monday afternoon that the "most immediate window of concern has passed."
"As always, the safety of our students, staff, faculty, patients and university guests is of the utmost importance. Extra police and enhanced security measures have been established throughout campus, including dining facilities. We have the assistance of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies," said OSU Deputy Police Chief Richard Morman.
Campus police announced Sunday night that it had information regarding a potential shooting or another act of violence Monday at the school's Columbus campus.
It mentioned that it could happen at a "cafeteria" or other areas on campus that weren't specified.
The tipster was a moderator of an online chat room who saw the threat.
Police said the threat also included explosives at unspecified locations. As a result, police continued to search the campus as late at 5 p.m.
A detective with campus police who works with the FBI cyber-crime unit was working to determine where the threat came from.
However, police said it could be difficult to trace because the threat came via a proxy server.
The server hides a computer’s IP address making it extremely difficult to determine who sent the threat, officials said.
Police said they are taking the threat seriously. Police and security officers were on campus Monday patrolling at or near dining facilities.
The school had also issued a public safety notice April 3 regarding a similar threat.
Police said that they do not know if the two incidents were related.
“I think when you see things like Newtown, you have to take ever threat it seriously in order to protect the safety of the students,” said student Cory McLaughlin.
Anyone seeing suspicious activity on or near campus is asked to call 911 in an emergency or 614-292-2121 to reach the OSU Police Division's non-emergency line.
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