South Suburban College reopens after threat

April 17, 2008 6:15:49 AM PDT
A college that was closed for two days because of a threat of violence reopened Thursday morning. Officials at South Suburban College in South Holland closed the school on Tuesday after discovering a hand-written note threatening violence at the school.

The school remained closed through Wednesday as a precaution. Thursday morning, classes resumed for the 17,000 students.

The college, along with local police and the FBI are investigating the threat.

A school official suspects the threat may have been a copy-cat of the threats that shut down Saint Xavier University on the city's South Side.

Extra Chicago police officers and security personnel will be at Saint Xavier University Thursday as campus life returns to normal.

Last week, graffiti that threatened violence on April 14th forced the university to close. Police investigating the threat believe the danger has passed.

The school reopened Wednesday for meetings with teachers and staff and graduate classes. Undergraduates resumed their class schedules Thursday morning.