A 4chan post, that has since-been deleted, spread on Facebook and Twitter Monday afternoon when an anonymous user urged students to not go to school on Tuesday if they are near Austin.
UT sent out a safety alert that said the threat was deemed non-credible by UTPD and associated law enforcement agencies, despite its resemblance to a 4chan post from last Wednesday night that warned students in the Northwest against attending school on Thursday — the day of the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon that led to the death of 9 students and staff members, plus the death of the shooter by suicide.
UTPD is aware of threatening posts & working w/ other agencies. No credible threat at this time.— UT Austin Police (@UTAustinPolice) October 6, 2015
The complete text of the Austin post read “Some of you guys are alright. Don’t go to school tomorrow if you’re near Austin. happening thread will be posted later. so long, space robots.”
This follows similar threats to colleges and universities around the Philadelphia-area stemming from a Friday 4chan post.