ATHENS COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATING ANONYMOUS THREAT

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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:

04292016 THREAT SCREEN SHOT

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.

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About Athens County Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Management Agency is the central point of coordination within the county for response and recovery to disasters. The primary focus of the agency when not in a response or recovery mode is to ensure that the county and citizens residing in it, are prepared to respond to an emergency or disaster and to lead mitigation efforts against the effects of future disasters.
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