Since Monday's fatal shooting at Virginia Tech, there have been threats of similar attacks at school and college campuses throughout the United States. Thirty-three people were killed in the Virginia Tech massacre including the shooter, Seung-Hui Cho.
In a tape sent to NBC News, Cho expressed his admiration for Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, the young men responsible for killing 12 students at Columbine High School in Colorado on April 20, 1999. Similarly Harris had expressed admiration for the April 19, 1995, bombings in Oklahoma City.
Authorities are now wary of more copycats. Below is a compilation of the various threats since the Virginia Tech shootings from different news sources:
The Associated Press reports that schools in Yuba City, Ca., are a "lockdown" on Thursday after the county sheriff warned a man had threatened to go on a killing spree in locals schools. The Sutter County Sheriff's Department said on its Web site it had been warned that Jeffery Thomas Carney intended to make the mass slaying at Virginia Tech "look mild" and that he had said he was armed with an AK-47 rifle, improvised explosive devices and poison, and would seek to provoke a confrontation with police to "commit suicide-by-cop."
The Associated Press reported that a Huntersville, N.C., teenager shot and killed himself Wednesday shortly after pointing a handgun at two other students in a high school parking lot, according to police. Schools in Huntersville were locked down after 16-year-old Josh Emerson Cook made threatening gestures in a parking lot at North Mecklenburg High School, police said.
Cook, who attended the school, turned the gun on himself when police confronted him at a gas station, and later died. Every school in the area was locked down after the shooting.
The Associated Press reported that a college in Kalamazoo, Mich., has shut down its campus today after someone posted a threat on an online blog. Police believe that they have the person responsible in custody.
The Associated Press reported that police in Tempe, Ariz., evacuated Corona del Sol High School after a suspicious package was found in a restroom.
ABC News reports that the entire Tenafly, N.J., school district, will be closed Friday due to information about a bomb threat made at Tenafly High School, the recent events at Virginia Tech and the anniversary date of the tragedy at Columbine High School.
The ABC News affiliate in Jacksonville, Fla., reported that a 14-year-old Bartram Trail High School student allegedly e-mailed a school threat to a friend. The threat claimed the boy would top the record of killing 33 people at school. A parent intercepted the e-mail and called police Wednesday morning. The student had apparently made similar threats several weeks ago that went unreported.
The Associated Press reported that in Michigan, two high schools were put on lockdown after the words "Virginia Tech" were found written on bathroom walls. Police planned to search all students and staff today. One message saying "Virginia Tech tomorrow" was found on a boys' bathroom ledge at Walled Lake Western High School. Another message, "Virginia Tech is coming," was written on a second-floor girls' bathroom wall at Walled Lake Central.
The Associated Press reported that Great Falls High School in Montana was locked down on Tuesday after the Virginia Tech shootings.