Hastings law school closes after threat

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – University of California’s Hastings College of the Law abruptly closed Wednesday afternoon following a “copycat threat of violence” two days after the Virginia Tech shootings. Dean Nell Jessup Newton canceled classes and sent faculty and students home after the possible threat appeared on an Internet discussion forum. “Certainly at this point we want to be extra-cautious,” said Newton, who declined to elaborate on the posting. “Someone posted a copycat-type threat directed at Hastings which could be read as a joke – which I don’t know why they would read it as a joke – or something more serious,” she said. Newton notified students and others of the closure in an e-mail, saying the campus would reopen Thursday. “We have met with representatives of the FBI and the San Francisco Police and in light of the advice they have given us, we have decided to close the law school immediately,” the dean said in the e-mail. San Francisco police were patrolling the area with special emphasis on two structures, the 198 Building and the Tower, which house classrooms, libraries, residences and offices, Newton said. All faculty, staff, students and visitors will be required to show photo identification, and visitors also must sign in, when entering Hastings buildings at least through the end of the week, the e-mail said. last_img

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