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U of T threats: Ryerson increases campus security

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By: Laura Woodward

There is increased security on Ryerson campus because of threats made towards the University of Toronto (U of T).

A person on BlogTO with the username “Kill Feminists” posted threats of machine gun murder towards female faculty and students, in a BlogTO article’s comment section on Sept. 5.

U of T is currently working with Toronto police and Peel Regional Police to support an investigation into these anonymous threats.

Ryerson’s provost and vice-president academic Mohamed Lachemi sent out an email to all Ryerson staff and students regarding the threats.

“I join with my colleagues at Ryerson in condemning in the strongest terms the statements that were made and want to let you know that even though they were not directed at our university, these kinds of threats strike at the very heart of our academic enterprise and are profoundly troubling,” Lachemi wrote.

Lachemi explained that since Friday, Ryerson has enhanced security. But Toronto police have found no credible threat.

“[Ryerson’s] Integrated Risk Management unit… has been closely monitoring the situation since Friday and will take appropriate action as necessary,” Lachemi wrote. “They are providing updates to me and if the situation changes or further action is needed, I will advise you.”

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