University of North Alabama Steps Up Security Due To Threat

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - Tuesday morning, University of North Alabama students, faculty and staff received an alert that shook the university.

Kilby Elementary School, a school associated with UNA, went into lockdown.

UNA Police Chief Robert Pastula says he received information about someone posting on a social media app called Yik Yak.  The threat said they were going to come to UNA and "shoot it up."

Pastula took action immediately.

"We took all the precautions that we could to get everybody in the mode of thinking 'if I see something then call the police right away'," said Pastula.

Besides stepping up patrols, Pastula is working with the state trooper’s office, Yik Yak, Florence Police and the Bureau of Investigation to find a suspect.

”We are working endlessly trying to figure out who is behind this and once we do find out we are going to prosecute them to the fullest extend of the law," says Pastula.

Even though the threat came through an anonymous source on social media, Pastula and his department are treating this as a very serious matter.

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