Trinity College in Hartford was closed and employees and visitors sent home on Wednesday afternoon after the college received threats, according to alerts posted on the school’s website and social media accounts.
“Given the threats to campus and upon consultation with the President’s Cabinet, the decision has been made to close the College until further notice. All employees and guests are to leave campus for the day and stay tuned for updates,” officials said in an alert on the trincoll.edu website.
The Associated Press reported that police said that authorities are vetting non-specific, non-credible threats from across the country related to potential comments by Johnny Eric Williams, a professor.
Trinity President Joanne Berger-Sweeney said Williams posted a piece that concluded with a call to show indifference to the lives of bigots. She said his post was reprehensible and a dean is looking into whether college policies were broken.
Williams told the Hartford Courant his words were twisted by some to sound like he was saying the victims of the congressional shooting in Alexandria, Virginia should have been left to die
The alert said that Hartford Police were investigating and “enhanced security” would be present on campus.
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