UPDATE – 5 p.m. Saturday
The University of Michigan Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have identified the individual who threatened a shooting against women at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus next Monday, according to an update posted Saturday at 4:30pm on the Division of Public Safety and Security website.
“The University of Michigan Police Department, with the assistance of the FBI, has identified an out-of-state residence from which the threat was posted,” the update said. “FBI agents interviewed a resident of the home, who they assessed to be responsible for the message.”
The update also said that “based on the investigation, there is nothing to indicate imminent harm to our community.”
Heather Young, DPSS director of strategic communications didn’t answer if DPSS has information on the status of an arrest or if DPSS would still be providing additional staffing and taking other risk mitigation measures Monday.
“This is still an ongoing investigation, so I will not be able to say anything beyond what we posted online,” Young wrote in a message to The Michigan Daily.
ORIGINAL STORY – 1:56 p.m. Saturday
An unverified threat of a shooting that would target women on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus next Monday was posted on the platform Sinn List, a Russian confession platform, by an anonymous user.
“On October 4th, I’m going to the University of Michigan and blow away every single woman I see with an AR-15,” the post reads. “There is a violent pro-male revolution coming and you people better get ready for it.”
The University’s Department of Public Safety and Security released a statement Saturday 12:45 p.m. saying they were notified of the threat and asking those with information to contact them.
“The safety and security of our community is our highest priority,” the statement said. “The U-M Police Department is collaborating with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to investigate this post.”
According to the statement, DPSS will also be providing additional staffing and taking risk mitigation measures out of caution.
The University’s Office of Public Affairs directed The Michigan Daily to DPSS when asked for a comment on the threat. University spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald and Heather Young, DPSS director of strategic communications, did not specifically answer the question of whether in-person classes would be canceled on Monday.
Young told The Daily the University currently has “no other information” to share other than the DPSS statement but will send updates as they are available.
The post, which has since been removed from the website, referenced Elliot Rodgers, an alt-right extremist who fatally shot six people at Isla Vista in 2014 before killing himself.
The post also cited Plymouth, another reference to a mass shooting in England that occurred in August. The shooter killed five people before he killed himself.
Screenshots of the post began circulating on social media Oct. 2, with some telling women at the University to stay home on Monday.
A student posted a tweet responding to the post and the University’s response.
“For my umich women and feminine-presenting folks,” the tweet reads. “Don’t go to class. Joke or not. Police presence or not. Stay in your dorm/apartment/home on monday.”
The University social media page responded to the tweet saying DPSS is “actively investigating” the post. In a tweet responding to the University, the student said they are concerned about the University’s handling of the situation and want more transparency for the safety of the students.
“It would be helpful to know what other ‘risk mitigation steps’ DPSS is taking to help targeted students feel safe and comfortable on this campus,” the tweet reads. “Without details, this statement doesn’t mean much to those concerned for our safety.”
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