ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio University police received a report early this morning (April 29) that an anonymous video threatening the safety of “American students” had been posted to a location-based social media app called Yeti. The app allows users to post and view images associated with college-based user groups. The threatening video was posted to the “Ohio University” group, which allows users to affiliate with the Athens campus. A screen capture of the video appears below:
Local law enforcement shared the information with Athens County school personnel, who in an abundance of caution, closed area schools. Ohio University remains open, and commencement will continue as scheduled, but additional police staffing and increased security measures will be in place.
The FBI is assisting local law enforcement, who are working to evaluate the credibility of the threat. The investigation is ongoing.