A threatening note was found in a girls' bathroom, school officials said. Earlier in the day, the school received several bomb threat phone messages. School officials traced the calls using caller ID, and police later cited Lester Beason, 27, for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Authorities said Beason didn't intend to carry out the threats, but instead needed medication.
At the same high school, a student found the threatening note at 12:15 p.m. on a toilet paper dispenser in a girls' bathroom. The note said "the shooting would start at Great Falls High at 12:30 and it would be worse than Virginia Tech." The school was locked down within minutes. Police searched the building and found no firearms, and students were allowed back in.
The AP reported that students and employees at the University of California's Hastings College of the Law are now required to show identification before entering campus buildings after a possible threat of violence was posted on the Internet. Classes were canceled abruptly Wednesday, and faculty and students were sent home after the dean of the college said someone posted "copycat-type threat" on a discussion board.
The Associated Press reported that police arrested a 15-year-old Willamette High School sophomore today in Eugene, Ore., on assorted charges after a homemade bomb detonated in a hallway trash can.
In Nashville, Tenn., a high school senior was charged with reckless endangerment after police said he walked down a school hallway yelling: "Y'all better check my backpack and locker. I've got a gun and a knife and I'm gonna do what they did up at Virginia Tech."
The Boston Herald reported that a Stonehill College dorm in Easton, Mass., was evacuated Wednesday night after a student discovered five empty boxes used to package shotgun shells in a parking lot near a dorm. Students were allowed to return to the dorm in an hour, but were angry with the time it took school officials to respond to the threat.
The Boston Herald also obtained a police report that a part-time Boston University student who hosts a popular video game review show on an MTV Web site allegedly sent an e-mail threatening to kill an ex-girlfriend and recreate the Virginia Tech bloodshed at her school.
The Associated Press reported that a Maryland man was arrested after allegedly referring to the Virginia Tech massacre during an apparent threat to his child's elementary school. Larry Moore allegedly became agitated when the school asked for a doctor's note before excusing his child from school. He made multiple threats against the school and said that what happened at Virginia Tech could happen at Gaithersburg Elementary.
The Associated Press reported that Wednesday, police at the University of Minnesota evacuated a number of buildings on campus because of a bomb threat that afternoon. A bomb squad was on the scene with special equipment. University of Minnesota police say a note was found in a bathroom on campus. No devices were found and no injuries were reported. More than 50,000 students attend the University of Minnesota.
The Associated Press reported that Ohio State University assigned extra officers to patrol campus in the hours after the shootings at Virginia Tech in case of copycats, and schools across the state are reexamining whether they are ready to react to a campus gunman.