Baton Rouge Community College is under heightened security after a digital note began circulating warning students not to attend school on Oct. 15.
BRCC released a notice to its students about 3 p.m. Wednesday to inform them of the possible threat, which stemmed from a digital image of an ominous note said to have been seen in a restroom on BRCC’s Mid City campus, the university release says.
“Please listen, on October 15th, don’t come to school here. Trust me,” the message says.
The university informed all students, faculty and staff of the threat through it website, email, its emergency alert system, which texts those who signed up for it, and through social media, specifically Facebook. The university’s Facebook post, which shows the image of the note, has more than 320 shares.
Officials have not seen the original note, though, and law enforcement does not consider the threat “legitimate,” the release says.
Meanwhile, Eastern Kentucky University and its satellite campuses canceled classes for the rest of the week after the discovery of graffiti in a student center bathroom on campus that threatens “Kill All By 10/8/15,” The Associated Press reported.
In Baton Rouge, city police and BRCC’s police department, which has eight full-time commissioned officers, are working closely in their investigation, BRCC spokesman Steve Mitchell said.
“As precautionary measure, we have increased security presence on campus,” Mitchell said. “There’s no plans to cancel any ongoing plans or activities, though. We encourage students to stay connected to stay up to date.”
As of Wednesday evening, Mitchell said classes and campus activities will continue as usual.
BRCC asks that anyone with information related to the image call its police department at (225) 216-8888.