Police Say No Indication Cal State Northridge Threat Is Credible

NORTHRIDGE (CNS) - There is no indication that a threat of a mass shooting at Cal State Northridge is credible, but the investigation into who is responsible continues, police said today.

Patrols were increased at the campus after a shooting threat and “hate-filled language” -- including a swastika scrawled on a bathroom wall in Sierra Hall -- were written in several academic buildings.

“There is no indication that the threat of violence is credible,” according to CSUN police.

The swastika was below a message that read, “Mass shooting in Sierra Hall 12/12/18.” The threat and swastika were found on Wednesday. It was the second incident in less than a week of hate language in the building, police said.

Sierra Hall is home to the school's Psychology Department.

Campus police will maintain an increased presence and are collaborating with other law enforcement agencies as the investigation continues.

Anyone impacted by the threat and hate-filled language was advised to “speak to their instructors or supervisor about any request for academic or work adjustment,” according to a university statement.

“It saddens and angers me that the hate and threat of violence affecting colleges, universities and communities nationwide has come to CSUN,” according to a statement from university President Dianne F. Harrison . “There is no place at CSUN for this cowardly act that seeks to intimidate. Students learning in a safe and supportive environment is our top priority. In addition to the increased police patrols, I am asking all administrators and campus leaders to be visible on campus today and in the days to come.”

Classes and fall semester final exams, which begin Wednesday, were to continue as scheduled, the school announced.

Anyone with information about the threat and hate-filled graffiti was urged to call CSUN Police at (818) 677-TIPS or 911.

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