Less than a week after the shooting at Umpqua Community College, the FBI has issued an alert to Philadelphia colleges and universities for the possibility of violence on campus on October 5, 2015, based on an internet post.
A posting at 4chan, the same website allegedly used by a person who warned of the Umpqua shooting, stated
“This is only the beginning . . . On October 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM CT, a fellow robot will take up arms against a university near Philadelphia. His cries will be heard, his victims will cower in fear, and the strength of the Union will decay a little more.”
4chan is a message board site where people post anonymous information and invite discussion. It has been the subject of controversy in the past.
According to Philly.com
The night before that shooting, someone posted on 4chan: “Some of you guys are alright [sic]. Don’t go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest [sic].”
That was posted with a cartoon image of a frog with human characteristics holding a gun. The same image – adding a ski mask – appeared with the threat to the Philly-area schools posted Friday…
The post about Philadelphia, posted on 4chan’s “ROBOT9001” or “r9k” board, says: “The first of our kind has struck fear into the hearts of America.”
“If you are in that area, you are encouraged to stay at home and watch the news as the chaos unfolds,” the post about Philly reads.
The FBI issued the alert via email, especially to Drexel University and Temple University, though no specific university or college was named. Whether it is someone attempting to get attention based on what information they have or a valid threat is unknown at this time, but the FBI is erring on the side of caution.
“…We encourage students, faculty, and employees at area colleges and universities to follow the guidance of their campus security officials. The FBI will continue to work with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to investigate threats of violence, and, as always, we ask the public to report suspicious activity to law enforcement…” FBI email
Some students refused to change their schedules based on the nebulous threat. However, as as been seen by recent events, awareness can save lives.
A news video regarding the threat: