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MTSU investigating threat written on dorm bulletin board

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) - Middle Tennessee State University campus police are asking students to be aware of their surroundings after a disturbing message was found in a dorm about killing other students.  

It happened on election night and students are saying if it was a joke, it’s not funny.  

Residential Life staff have been put on alert to look out for anything suspicious.  

It was written on a bulletin board on the third floor of McHenry Dormitory on the MTSU campus.  

“We have a board that says when I graduate,” MTSU student Spencer White said.  

One student wrote, ‘Sleep 24-hours straight.’  

But a closer look reveals another message, this one sinister.  

“Someone wrote ‘I plan to kill everyone in the dorm’, which was really alarming,” White said.  

White saw the message and reported it to the dorm’s Residence Assistant, who reported it to campus police.  

“Knowing the people who live on my floor it’s probably a joke, it’s the real world these things happen,” Whtie said.  “I just wanted to make sure it was dealt with seriously.”  

White said it’s no laughing matter.  

“It’s not funny, no,” he said.  

Even if it was intended to be a joke, campus police are taking it seriously. Although, MTSU police said this case may be hard to solve.

“The difficulty with this case is the person posted that threat anonymously.  There is no security camera footage over that bulletin board that’s why we’re reaching out to our students and campus community for anyone who has any information that could help us find this person to come forward and share that information with us,” said MTSU Public Information Officer Patrick Fajardo. 

Other students on campus are concerned that a fellow student would write such a message in this day and time.  

“The way the mass shootings in schools have been it’s not like acceptable,” said MTSU student LaDiah Thomas.  

Thomas said whoever did this should have thought twice before writing the message.  

“I just need for everyone to be respectful of ideas and opinions, especially since it came on election night, that’s kind of concerning too,” she said.  

MTSU police are encouraging students who may know who wrote the message to come forward.  

If you have any information regarding this incident, you may call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867 (STOP).  You can remain anonymous.  

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