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Yale Probes Arson Threat

by Staff | May 7, 2013 5:39 pm

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Posted to: Higher Ed, Legal Writes

Yale University is investigating a message found scrawled on a bathroom wall, promising arson at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life.

According to a Tuesday press release from Yale, the graffiti was found on April 22 in a bathroom at the Sterling Chemistry Lab on Prospect Street. The message appeared to threaten arson at the Slifka Center on May 16.

“The University immediately began an investigation, reached out to the FBI and New Haven Police, and stepped up security in the area around the Center,” wrote Yale Vice President Linda Koch Lorimer said in an email to the Yale community. “The Slifka Center also has taken extra security precautions. In addition to working with law enforcement agencies, we have been working closely with the Board and staff at the Slifka Center, and have consulted with the Connecticut Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League.”

Her message continues:

“Investigation of this incident by law enforcement is ongoing. If you know anything about the graffiti at Sterling Chemistry Lab, please call the Yale Police at (203) 432-4400 or text them anonymously at 67283 with a message beginning “Yale Tip.” As always, please call or text the Police if you see anything else around the campus that seems untoward or suspicious.

“Based on what is known, we think there is no reason for you to change your plans about visiting the Slifka Center or the Wall Street area.

“This is a very disturbing incident for a community such as ours, in which tolerance of all races, religions and points of view is a fundamental value. A threat to any community within our University is a threat to us all.

“Rabbis Jim Ponet, Noah Cheses and Megan Doherty of the Slifka Center, along with University Secretary Kimberly Goff-Crews and University Chaplain Sharon Kugler, will be co-hosting an Open House tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the Slifka Center for those who wish to come together for discussion, reflection and support.”

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