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The Latest: Student leader says few details given on threat

Garnett Stokes, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of the University of Missouri, talks with media in the basement of the student union building on the University of Missouri campus Tuesday night, Nov. 10, 2015, after anonymous threats were made towards black students through social media Tuesday in Columbia, Mo. Stokes was on campus alone to investigate what was going on to make a decision as to whether or not to cancel classes Wednesday. At about 1:50 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, MU Police arrested Hunter Park, 19, on suspicion of making a terrorist threat on Yik Yak, according a department media release. Park is a student at Missouri University of Science and Technology.  (Justin L. Stewart/Columbia Missourian via AP)

Garnett Stokes, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of the University of Missouri, talks with media in the basement of the student union building on the University of Missouri campus Tuesday night, Nov. 10, 2015, after anonymous threats were made towards black students through social media Tuesday in Columbia, Mo. Stokes was on campus alone to investigate what was going on to make a decision as to whether or not to cancel classes Wednesday. At about 1:50 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, MU Police arrested Hunter Park, 19, on suspicion of making a terrorist threat on Yik Yak, according a department media release. Park is a student at Missouri University of Science and Technology. (Justin L. Stewart/Columbia Missourian via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — The latest about an online threat that led the University of Chicago to cancel classes on Monday (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

Tyler Kissinger says as soon as people heard that the University of Chicago was shutting down because of an online threat of gun violence they closed their books, shut down laptops and hurried home.

Kissinger is the student body president. He was working at a campus coffee shop on Sunday night when the manager told him to start closing up and go home.

Kissinger says students haven’t been given details about why the school was closed Sunday night and remained closed Monday.

The school canceled all classes and activities following the threat, which was passed on by the FBI and mentioned the quad and 10 a.m. Monday.

He called the threats a reminder that residents in the neighborhoods around the campus, which is on the South Side of Chicago, live with the threat of gun violence every day.

Kissinger says he only recalls the school being closed once before — because of weather.

 

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