NIU Threat Update

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Black students attending Northern Illinois University say they feel unsafe after racial slurs and references to shootings earlier this year at Virginia Tech were found scrawled on a bathroom wall.

The threats prompted the university to close yesterday (Monday) as a precaution. It is reopening today.

Mitchell Gaddis, president of the university's NAACP chapter says the slurs and threats found in a residence hall bathroom didn't come out of the blue. Gaddis says it is unsafe for blacks to walk along Greek Row. He says blacks are tired of that.

Blacks compose nearly 13 percent of the university's 18,816 undergraduates.

University officials said local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies "have identified several leads and remain hopeful about timely resolution of the case."


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