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 Teenager Admits Responsiblity in Campus Hoax 

 

SPOTLIGHT

9/26/2006

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

TEENAGER ADMITS RESPONSIBILITY FOR STARTING SRU STUDENT SHOOTING RUMOR;

OFFICIALS CALL SITUATION A HOAX

                       SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – After thorough investigation today, it has been determined there was no actual threat to shoot African-American students on the Slippery Rock University campus after a Slippery Rock area teenager accepted responsibility for initiating the rumor. University officials have labeled the incident a hoax.

          Slippery Rock University Police spent some 16 hours late Sunday evening and most of Monday tracking down the rumor that SRU African-American students would be shot on campus after it was relayed from person to person throughout the campus and community. Some who heard of the threat called local and university police. Steps were immediately taken to increase police presence on campus and students were informed this morning through a campuswide e-mail safety alert of the rumor dispatched by SRU President Robert Smith. Students were also told escort service available 24 hours per day, seven days a week could be obtained by calling University Police.

           The university will request any possible charges against the youth be pursued by the Pennsylvania State Police since the remarks were made in state police jurisdiction.

           “It is indeed unfortunate rumors like this can gain credibility so quickly,” said Dr. Constance Foley, vice president for student life, adding, “Our police and our campus community took these reports very seriously and certainly our students and their parents -- were distressed to hear of such threats. I credit University Police for efficiently and expeditiously bringing this matter to a conclusion. The safety of SRU’s students, staff, visitors and other members of the community remained our priority, and we will continue our policy of not tolerating such activities. We have a very safe campus, and the entire campus is to be commended for giving this situation such attention. I am proud our police were so quickly able to resolve the situation, and I believe the campus will return to normal very quickly.”

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