Indiana State University issues campus alerts after social post about shooting

University: Posting, note possibly hoaxes

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Campus police issued two alerts to the Indiana State University community Thursday after someone posted a message to a social media app, asking if a school shooting would go as planned.

ISU police said at roughly 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, someone anonymously posted a message to Yik Yak, a social media app that allows its users to see messages that have been posted within a certain area. Many college campuses now use it as a way to interact.

A second alert was issued early Thursday afternoon after the discovery of a note in a bathroom on campus.

ISU police said the first anonymous message, posted to the University's blog section of the app, was spotted by an ISU student. 

It reportedly read, "I wonder if this school shooting is going to go as planned tomorrow." (Tomorrow meaning Thursday.)

Police said the reporting student responded with, "That's not funny man, I should report this!" and within 90 seconds, the post was taken down.

The university issued the second alert early Thursday afternoon after a note was found in a bathroom at University Hall about 12:40 p.m.

That note read, "Start shooting at 1:15 be ready. Jihad," campus police said.

Investigators believe the postings are possibly hoaxes, and there has been no corroborating information or evidence to support a planned shooting.

ISU police wanted to share this information with the campus community, however, as there is the possibility of threat to the university.

Officials said especially on Thursday, anyone who sees any kind of suspicious activity should report it immediately to ISU police at 812-237-5555. Or, call 911.

Some students reacted to the first alert on social media.

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