Credible Threat at MTSU – Student Arrested On Terrorism Charges

MTSU Update -A 19-year-old student at Middle Tennessee State University has been arrested on terrorism charges after threatening e-mails forced the cancellation of classes.

Murfreesboro Police spokesman Kyle Evans says Justin Davis of Nashville was charged Thursday with an act of terrorism and one count of arson. He was jailed on $500,000 bond and did not yet have a lawyer.

Police say Davis is cooperating with investigators about the case but no motive has been revealed.

University President Sidney McPhee sent an e-mail to all faculty, staff and students at the university in Murfreesboro, closing the campus at noon on Thursday.

MTSU spokeswoman Lisa Rollins said an e-mail through was sent Wednesday to an administrator on the business faculty, threatening the entire student community with bodily harm.

Rollins said the e-mail did not say how people would be harmed. She said concern was heightened by the setting of three small fires on campus recently.

After classes ended Wednesday, an e-mailed threat was more widely circulated. Rollins said also a remodeled residence hall had been temporarily evacuated Wednesday night.


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