FBI Sends Out Warning of ‘Threat to Philadephia-Area College’
The FBI Philadelphia Field Office sent out a warning Sunday about a threat of violence "At a Philadelphia-area college of University for Monday," according to a Temple University announcement.
"Temple University, along with other colleges and universities in our region, has learned from the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) that a threat of violence has been made online against 'a university near Philadelphia. This posting states an action could take place at 1 p.m. central (2 p.m. eastern) Monday, Oct. 5, 2015," a statement on Temple's website reads.
The warning comes just days after a deadly shooting left several people dead and others injured at a community college in Oregon.
The university said that although local law enforcement isn't aware of a specific threat Temple Police are keeping in contact with local and federal authorities and monitoring the situation.
Temple officials are advising members of the university community to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to Campus Safety Services at 215-204-1234 (1-1234 from a campus phone).
6ABC reports that in an email, the FBI stated, "Out of an abundance of caution, the FBI Philadelphia Field Office notified local colleges and universities of a social media posting which threatened violence at a Philadelphia-area college or university for Monday."
Temple University tweeted an alert to it's followers Sunday, telling students and staff members to check their email for the public safety message from Temple Police.