Classes at Washington college canceled again amid threats


Despite the lack of an active threat, Evergreen State College closed its campus after a man left a threatening message at the Thurston County Dispatch Center in Washington State Thursday morning. Threats have prompted the small college in Washington state to cancel classes Monday, June 5, 2017, for the third consecutive weekday after protests on the progressive campus drew national attention. Officials said police were reviewing new "external threat information" received over the weekend. In response to backlash, Evergreen State has emphasized that its "Day of Absence" programs have always optional and said no white students or faculty members have ever been asked to leave campus.

Bret Weinstein, a biology professor at Evergreen, protested the move, saying in an e-mail to staff and faculty that "one's right to speak - or to be - must never be based on skin color".

Evergreen has been marred by controversy amid student protests this past month. The university canceled Coulter's speech amid threats of violence, fearing a repeat of the clashes ahead of the Yiannopoulos event.

The Olympian reports that the caller said he was on his way to the college with a weapon and planned to kill people. The school stayed closed on Friday as law enforcement continued its investigation.

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While law enforcement officials searched the campus and found no credible threat related to the call, an incident of vandalism on Sunday night led to $10,000 in property damage, according to the county sheriff's office.

The college's president, George Bridges, made the decision to close campus with advice from law enforcement. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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