Regional Briefing

Regional Briefing

Friday, October 23, 2009

HIGHER EDUCATION

Virginia Tech looks into YouTube threat

Virginia Tech officials said Thursday that they are investigating a YouTube posting that might have threatened another massacre at the university.

University police were alerted Wednesday night to "what was essentially a posting of cyber-graffiti," the school said in a statement. "We have received no direct threats."

In 2007, Virginia Tech student Seung Hui Cho killed 32 students and teachers before committing suicide in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

According to Virginia Tech spokesman Mark Owzcarski, a YouTube user created a Web page under the name "nextvirgtechkiller" that included the statements "the massacre is incoming" and "next massacre is incoming." The page has been taken down.

The university said in its statement that, "While there were no postings or direct contacts with the university, we felt it important to apprise the university community because of the nature of the comment."

Virginia State Police and the FBI are assisting in the investigation.

-- Daniel de Vise

REGIONAL TRANSIT

Small fire reported on empty Metro train

An unoccupied Metro train's braking system caught fire Thursday night on the Red Line in Rockville, authorities said.


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