Students at Youngstown State University in Ohio were shocked to see pro-ISIS messages spray-painted on rocks around campus.
“We are coming for you,” said one; another said: “France deserves destruction,” referencing the recent Paris terror attacks that left 130 dead.
Pictures of the rocks went viral online, with many students and others wondering if attacks would hit the school.
But campus maintenance crews quickly covered the messages, and officials at YSU say there is no credible threat at this time.
Officials alerted the FBI as a precaution.
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School police will lock at campus surveillance video.
“I can tell you we won’t be lenient,” Shannon Tirone, associate vice president for university relations, told Vindy.com.
“Messages were found painted on the rock on the Youngstown State University campus core on Monday, Nov. 23, that were found to be of concern. YSU Police are investigating the situation,” the university said in a statement.
“The FBI was contacted as a precautionary measure. No threats have been validated at this time. Police are continuing to look into the matter. There is no credible threat to the campus at this time.”
“Unfortunately, this is the world we live in today,” added Tirone.
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But students are disturbed at the messages, with the mother of two students telling ABC that “they were in fear and now have anxiety over what was seen.”
And freshmen Jacob Croach and Bruno Abersold said they were heading home early as a precaution.
“Whoever did this to the rock needs [to be] expelled,” added Alex Welsh, another student, via Twitter. “ISIS is not some joke. Terrorism is not a joke.”