UNSW Cops Flack Over “Confusing” Response To Anonymous Shooting Threat

ICYMI, the University of New South Wales issued a general security alert after being made aware of an alleged threat to the safety and security of students and staff on the Kensington campus yesterday.

NSW Police, via its Anti-Terrorism arm, and Local Area Command were called in when a disturbing post by an anonymous 4chan user warned of an on-campus shooting.

Further down the thread, there was talk of “blasting” people.

The uni issued a statement advising that classes were to continue as normal, with an added police presence, but that anyone you preferred to leave campus over concerns for their safety wouldn’t be penalised.

This morning, though, it was a different story; staff and students have been told to remain vigilant and alert, but not alarmed, and that attendance is “expected” as investigations continue.

Dear staff and students The threat made against UNSW on Monday 12 October is still being investigated by NSW Police….

Posted by UNSW (The University of New South Wales) on Monday, October 12, 2015

Students aren’t too happy with the mixed messages from UNSW, with many arguing they shouldn’t be penalised for staying home while the threat is still being investigated.

UNSW has assured staff and students they’ll be the first to know when/if more information comes to hand.
Until then, remain vigilant ya’ll. And download the uni’s StaySafe security app, which provides minute-by-minute updates on campus security alerts.
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