FBI investigates anonymous Yik Yak threat at Lee University

FBI investigates anonymous Yik Yak threat at Lee University

October 12th, 2015 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

YikYak

YikYak

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

A building on the campus of Lee University on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Cleveland, Tenn.

A building on the campus of Lee University...

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

Yik Yak, a location-based social media service used by college students to post anonymously, became more than a repository of party plans and relationship troubles over the weekend when an anonymous poster made a threat against Lee University using the service. 

The Yik Yak threat, which referenced shootings on campus to take place this week, began making the rounds on Facebook Monday morning. 

The university brought in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has worked over the weekend to evaluate and address the threat, according to the university. 

Officials said that there is no direct evidence of the post's credibility, and no school activities or classes have been canceled.

However, the Cleveland Police Department has stationed officers on campus throughout the week, and additional officers will attend large campus events. 

The Cleveland Police and FBI are still working to trace the source of the post, and the university will "respond accordingly" once the threat has been identified, officials said. 

Though classes and other normal activities will continue, students will not be penalized if they choose to stay home, an official said. 

In a letter to students, Lee University President Paul Conn said he would understand "why people would feel uneasy about this."

"It is part of the chaotic and often unsettling world we live in," he said. "However, based on all available information in consultation with authorities, we do not feel it is necessary to suspend normal activity at this time."

UPDATE: Suspect in Lee University threat identified, in custody