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UNA Police Chief: Campus to close Oct. 9 following threat

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FLORENCE, Ala. – The University of North Alabama will close Oct. 9 following a threat found on the wall of the library bathroom, UNA Police Chief Bob Pastula said.

The university will also be closed on Oct. 10 for fall break.

Pastula told us the threat was not directed at anyone specifically, but it said four people will die on Oct. 9 this year.

UNA President John Thornell said cancelling classes and closing campus a day early will not make the threat go away, but “it sends a message that the university takes threats seriously and our first priority is the safety of our students, faculty and staff.”

Even though the campus will close a day early, UNA Police will still have additional officers on campus to help with security around the residence halls.

If you have any information about the threat, please call the UNA Police Department at 256-765-4359.


  • Brian S.

    I’m with you Bob. That’s what they were hoping for. Sad that our schools and even or government nowadays allows a few wackos to disrupt our daily life. Heightened security posture would have been an appropriate response, but to close?? It leaves the impression of cowardice that will be exploited by the next jerk.

    • Ann.

      It doesn’t matter if there were multiple treats or just one, understanding that there are lives possibly at risk is more important than one day of school. We aren’t cowards. We just know when it’s a good idea to take a treat seriously. From a bathroom wall or from a person’s mouth. Personally I’m glad they’re are showing students that they will try to protect us as best as they can even if they are deciding to close school this Thursday. With what happen on Alabama’s campus, it shows no matter how small our campus is, our police and school officals want to help secure our safety (while helping us feel more safe). If you were here I’m sure you’d be looking over your shoulder just as much as we will.

  • College Employee

    Will staff be off or will they be expected to be on campus this day? So many times campuses allow students to be dismissed from class but still expect staff to make it to work no matter what the conditions/threats are…

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