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Threat to UNCA over BLM mural probed
Friday, 16 October 2020 22:27

From Staff Reports 

An order to shelter in place at UNC Asheville was lifted about 7 p.m. Oct. 9, school officials said.

The order came after a direct threat — demanding that the Black Lives Matter mural on University Heights on campus is painted over, or else — was made by email to members of the UNCA community overnight Oct. 8. 

As a precaution, there were no in-person classes, practices or activities on campus Oct. 9. 

All residential students were told to shelter in place, and all non-essential personnel were told to return home.

During the night of Oct. 8, several offices at the university received an email communicating a direct threat to members of the UNCA community. 

A decision was made to send a Bulldog Alert to all faculty, staff and students to shelter in place until further notice. Employees, other than essential personnel, were asked stay away from campus Oct. 9.

The following is a statement released by the UNCA Chancellor Nancy J. Cable’s office early in the lockdown: 

“The school confirms that as of 10 a.m. (Oct. 9) the campus remains in lockdown. Anyone on campus is asked to remain sheltered in place until further notice. Students in need of support may contact Health and Counseling Services at 828-251-6520.

“While all mandatory meetings, classes, university-scheduled conversations and forums are canceled, including those to be conducted virtually, we support any optional one on one or small group virtual connections that folks want to have to support one another.

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