Evergreen State College to remain closed Friday due to 'direct threat'

​Evergreen State College in Olympia will remain closed Friday after a "direct threat" was made to the campus.

The Olympia campus was closed suddenly Thursday out of an abundance of caution, spokesman Zach Powers said.

An unknown person made a threat of "campus violence" to Thurston County officials, he said. The college's president made the decision to close campus.

The county released a copy of the phone call. A male caller told a dispatcher: "I'm on my way to Evergreen University now with a .44 Magnum. I'm going to execute as many people on that campus as I can get a hold of. You have that? What's going on here? You communist, scumbag town? I'm going to murder as many people on that campus as I can. Just keep your eyes open you scumbag."

The college asked everyone to leave campus or return to their residence halls and await further instructions. The dorms were not on lockdown, according to a spokesperson at the college.

Olympia Police Department and the Thurston County Sheriff's Office were patrolling the campus and monitoring entrances when everyone was leaving.

A spokesperson said there was no known connection to last week's race-based protests. Demonstrations held last Tuesday and Wednesday involved around 200 students.

 

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