[Guest post by DRJ]
The U-Wash Law School has increased security after the discovery of a Nazi/firearm threat on a bathroom wall and menacing phone calls:
“University of Washington law students are on alert after graffiti appeared on campus last week that threatened their lives, but some are upset about how little information they’ve been told.
The threat, directed toward Law School students and the Law School, was found scrawled across the wall of a campus bathroom Oct. 30. UW officials declined to reveal the exact wording of the graffiti, but School of Law Dean Greg Hicks summarized the sentiment as being that the school is “training up little Nazis.”
The UW Police Department isn’t saying where the graffiti was discovered or what it said because investigators haven’t questioned a suspect they have identified. But police acknowledge that the threat was specific to November and that firearms were mentioned.
The graffiti’s threat is compounded by a number of menacing phone calls made to the Law School recently, Hicks said.
It’s not clear how serious those threats are, but police have taken security measures at William H. Gates Hall, which houses the School of Law. Students and faculty must have a Husky ID card to get into the building, and an officer has been posted there indefinitely, UW Police Assistant Chief Ray Wittmier said.”
A student leader urged students to be patient in the face of a “tight-lipped” response by authorities:
“Student Bar Association President Nowell Bamberger e-mailed students Saturday, asking them to be patient with the tight-lipped policies of school administrators and police.
“I can assure you that, based on the very limited information that has been shared with me at this point, the administration is taking every prudent action to keep the building, our students, staff and faculty safe in light of our current situation,” he wrote.
“This is one of those times when I believe that we all must trust that the steps that are being taken are in the interests of our collective security and well-being,” he added.”
I’m sure everyone is rightfully concerned about this, and I hope the perpetrator is quickly identified and prosecuted.
This incident brings home in a very real way the delicate balance between the public’s right to know and the government’s need for secrecy in investigating terrorist threats.