Auburn University officials have cancelled classes and all other campus operations until Thursday due to a threat found on a wall of a campus building.
A notice sent out this morning states classes will resume at 7:15 a.m. Thursday.
The notice states authorities do not believe the threat is credible but asks anyone with concerns call 911 — in an emergency — or 334-501-3100.
The graffiti threat– found in a restroom — read as follows: “To whom it may concern. April 16th, 2014, I will unleash a rampage of biblical proportion across this tiny campus. You have been warned.”
Is anybody else concerned that we live in a world where bathroom graffiti can shut down a major university?
I’m not even saying that Auburn was wrong to shut down — all things considered, it was probably the only thing they could’ve done. But what kind of condition is our society in when authorities have to treat bathroom wall scribblings as seriously as a ransom demand broadcast from Lex Luthor’s orbiting death laser satellite?
More and more, I’m afraid the message we’re sending in situations like this is that the only thing we can ever do is run and hide from any possible threat. Even the ones that come from people who just get bored while they’re sitting on the dumper.