Howard University increases security following unconfirmed threat

WASHINGTON — Federal and local investigators are looking into an unconfirmed threat of violence against students at Howard University.

In Thursday statement to students and faculty, Howard University President Wayne Frederick says in an abundance of caution, the university has increased security on campus and at area Metro stations.

The threat against black students referenced racial threats made at the University of Missouri and was first posted on an online message board called 4Chan.

The site, which is the birthplace of hacking collective Anonymous, is known to be dominated by people who harass on the Internet.

The threat mentions violence taking place at the university at 10 a.m., but no violence has been reported.

During the ongoing investigation, Frederick asks in the statement that students and neighboring businesses be vigilant.

Frederick says if you see something suspicious, contact Howard University Department of Public Safety at 202-806-1100 or the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099.

Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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