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article imageHarvard email threats may not be 'credible'

By Karen Graham     Oct 4, 2014 in Crime
Harvard - Hundreds of emails were sent to students and staff members at Harvard University Friday, threatening to shoot them on Saturday. The emails were probably sent from outside the U.S., but university and law enforcement officials are taking them seriously.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Police Department issued an advisory saying the emails had been posted at approximately 4:45 p.m. Friday evening, targeting several hundred students and staff members. The advisory said the writer “threatened to come to campus ’tomorrow’ to shoot the email recipients."
Police presence has been "beefed up" on campus and local law enforcement as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been notified. Officials are saying the emails appeared to have been sent from overseas. As a result, they are of concern, but do not appear to be credible.
Steven G. Catalano, a spokesman for the Harvard Police Department sent out an advisory email to affiliates at 11 p.m. last night saying the department was pursuing several leads.
The first threatening emails were sent from a "Hotmail.de" address with a time stamp of 4:44 p.m.. This email said that the person would come to Harvard on Saturday at “11 clock” and “shoot all of you” and “kill you individually,” according to the Harvard Crimson. Some students received a second email saying the same thing as the first one, but time-stamped at 4:50 p.m. and from a "Google Mail" address.
Of interest to officials were the racial slurs used in the emails. Addressed to “All students at Harvard,” the emails apparently used racial threats, referring to the recipients as “slit-eyes.” Additionally, the emails were signed. The author claimed to be Stephanie Nguyen, and supposedly lived in Boston. The Hotmail address of the first email identified the sender as Eduardo Nguyen. The second Google Mail address identified the sender as Huy Dinh.
While students and staff members at the Cambridge Massachusetts University have tried to remain calm but vigilant, most student activities are going on as planned. There was one important exception though. The Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association and a number of other Asian cultural groups were co-hosting an Asian American experience at Harvard on Saturday afternoon. That event has been cancelled. It will be held on Oct. 11 out of concern for the attendees.
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