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St. Xavier Closes After Threats

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Saint Xavier University’s Chicago-area campuses are closed following the discovery of threatening graffiti. Saint Xavier officials asked all students to leave campus by noon Saturday. Twice this past week, threats were discovered in a freshman residence hall. The most recent message—found Thursday—read “Be prepared to die on 4/14.” That’s Monday.

Saint Xavier spokesman Joe Moore says the Chicago Police and FBI have been called-in to assist in the investigation.

MOORE: We could not simply dismiss the threat at this point. And so, given that that date is coming up, we do have to go ahead and just close the school for the time-being.

Moore says that decision was made in light of the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University. He says Saint Xavier hopes to have the school’s 5700 students back in class sometime next week.

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