Police: SUNY Shooting Threat Was Made On Hacked Phone
HOAX PUT CAMPUS ON ALERT
Threat Was Made
On Hacked Phone
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special To www.ALLOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – The threat of gun violence on the SUNY Oneonta campus this afternoon was made over a student’s phone that had been hacked, according to University Police.
At 4:38 p.m., a mental health crisis hotline in New York City alerted SUNY Oneonta and shared a chat message, allegedly from a female student at the college, indicating that the student intended to shoot people on the SUNY campus. The school deemed the threat credible, and at 5:30 p.m., put a “shelter-in-place” directive out to the faculty, staff and students.
“This is the first time anything like this has ever happened here,” said campus Police Chief Jennifer Fila. “We had to go through a lot of steps before we deemed it a credible threat.”