A university has issued a ‘shelter in place’ order after being confronted with threatening demands.
The University of North Carolina Asheville has ordered its staff and students to “shelter in place” after allegedly receiving threatening demands linked to their Black Lives Matter mural.
According to the university, they have received an email demanding “that the Black Lives Matter mural on University Heights on campus be painted over.”
“A decision has been made to send a Bulldog Alert to all faculty, staff, and students to shelter in place until further notice,” the officials wrote.
In addition, extracurricular activities, in-person classes, and virtual classes have also been canceled.
While the officials haven’t revealed the nature of the threats made in the email, they have confirmed that it involved “a direct threat to members of the UNC Asheville community.”
According to the reports, the earliest potential reopening of the campus will be on Saturday morning.
In an update just before 11 am on Friday, the university confirmed that the shelter in place order remains.
“If you are on campus, please remain sheltered in place until further notice. Students in need of support may contact Health and Counseling Services,” the update read.
The Black Lives Matter mural that is being targeted was painted on University Heights back on September 30 by student artists.
While the mural took some eight hours to be painted on the road, it is set to remain there indefinitely as it was painted using permanent road paint.
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