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article imageNorthern Michigan University closed due to serious threat

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By Cynthia Trowbridge     Feb 2, 2011 in Crime
Marquette - Northern Michigan University, (NMU), was shut down this morning due to an anonymous threat. As a result all Marquette Area Public Schools were placed on lock-down even though the threat did not include them.
NMU is a four year public university with 9,400 students. It is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula near Lake Superior in Marquette.
Federal News Radio reports a spokeswoman for the university, Kristi Evens, said there was an online threat made to do harm to students, faculty, staff and administrators. The threat was discovered shortly before 8 a.m.
All students are provided computers and an emergency notice was sent out as well as text messages on students cell phones.
There were some buildings evacuated and those who lived on campus were told to return to their dormitories and keep their doors locked.
The decision was made to close the campus as a precautionary measure.
cnn.com reports the university's director of community relations, Cindy Paavola, said, "The caller threatened that there would be harm to students, faculty, staff and administrators. They didn't identify particular people, but it was a wide-ranging threat and we are taking it seriously."
She added, "We don't know the seriousness of the threat because we haven't caught up with this person. Rather than be sorry, we're going to be safe."
At 11:45 a.m. an emergency message was posted on NMU's website by their Public Safety and Police Services. It stated they had things under control but they requested that people not wander around campus or for no one to come to the university at this time.
The Daily Press reports the message said, "Students in residence halls are asked to remain there. More information will be provided as it's made available. The university remains closed for the day."
UpperMichigans Source.com reports at this time the authorities are looking at a person of interest.
All classes are canceled for tonight. Whether there will be classes tomorrow will be announced later.
NMU President Les Wong said, "We were pleased all of our emergency communications systems we test on a regular basis worked effectively in this situation. I want to personally thank all local law enforcement and emergency agencies for stepping up quickly and offering their assistance."
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