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Auburn University classes canceled over threatening message

This message was allegedly written on a bathroom wall at the Haley Center. Source: The Auburn Plainsman/Justin Ferguson This message was allegedly written on a bathroom wall at the Haley Center. Source: The Auburn Plainsman/Justin Ferguson
The message was allegedly scribbled on a bathroom wall at the Haley Center. Source: Alan Collins The message was allegedly scribbled on a bathroom wall at the Haley Center. Source: Alan Collins
Campus was nearly empty Wednesday. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC Campus was nearly empty Wednesday. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC
AUBURN, AL (WBRC) -

While Auburn University authorities say an alleged terroristic threat scrawled on a bathroom wall isn't credible, classes were canceled Wednesday.

"I think it was a good choice to cancel classes. My parents and everyone was freaking out. Everyone was calling and texting saying it was not safe," student Thomas Tillery said.

There were very few people on campus Wednesday, which is the seventh anniversary of the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech. There was also an increased police presence on campus.

According to the student paper The Auburn Plainsman, a senior pre-med student named Caleb Mason said he found the message posted in the men's restroom in the Haley Center three weeks ago. It stated, "To whom it may concern, on April 16, 2014 I will release a rampage of biblical proportions on this tiny campus. You have been warned."

Mason tells the student paper that he reported the message to campus police at the time.

"So, I sent them the picture, and they told me to call the police. So I called the police, and they said they would look into it and I never heard back from them. I gave them my phone number and name," Mason said.

Officials reportedly contacted Mason on April 15 asking for more information about the situation. The university also sent out an email the same day to all students, faculty and staff about the note.

Below is a 4:04 p.m. update from the university:

The Auburn campus will resume normal operations tomorrow as of 5:30 a.m. Classes will be held as scheduled, and employees should report to work according to their regular schedules unless otherwise notified by their supervisor. Dining venues, campus buildings and other facilities will operate tomorrow on normal hours beginning at 5:30 a.m. The Auburn University Libraries will open at 7:45 a.m.

While law enforcement officials see no threat to campus from events of the past 24 hours, we continue to encourage students, faculty, staff and visitors to remain aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity by calling 911. Anyone with information about who may have left the threatening message is encouraged to call the Auburn Police Division at 334-501-3140 or anonymously at 334-246-1391.

Please continue to monitor http://ocm.auburn.edu/news/alert/ for updates.

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