UPDATE: SUNY Oneonta shelter in place advisory has been lifted; threat came from hacked cell phone

The school has lifted the shelter in place advisory, and university police say there is no immediate danger to the campus.

Posted: Oct 2, 2019 5:50 PM
Updated: Oct 2, 2019 11:14 PM

ONEONTA, N.Y. – SUNY Oneonta has lifted the shelter in place advisory, and university police say there is no immediate danger to the campus.

Jennifer Fila, the chief of University Police at SUNY Oneonta says the threat was reported by a mental health crisis hotline in New York City around 4:38 p.m.

"Crisis hotline in New York City contacted SUNY Oneonta to share a chat message allegedly received from a student at the college," Fila said.

Fila says the message indicated that the student was going to shoot people on campus. She says upon an initial investigation, the college deemed the threat to be credible, and put a shelter in place out to the whole school at 5:30 p.m.

"Subsequent investigation revealed that the student had reported to the City Police Department that her phone had been hacked when the University Police located her, she was working with the college's information technology staff to address this," Fila said.

Fila says based on an interview with the student, the college found the threat not to be credible, and lifted the shelter in place at 6:14 p.m.

"This was not, as it turned out, a threat to the community," Fila said. "It turns out that this was a cyber crime."

Fila also says nothing like this has ever happened on campus before.

University police are working with Oneonta Police, Otsego County Law Enforcement officials, the FBI, State Police and the NYPD to investigate this incident.

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