Threat to Kill Blacks Rattles Ohio College

Black students leave college after scrawled massacre threat found
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2010 8:20 AM CST
Threat to Kill Blacks Rattles Ohio College
Teachers at Hocking College are making allowances for students afraid to attend classes until after February 2nd.   (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

(Newser) – A technical college in southern Ohio is on high alert after a threat to kill black students on Feb. 2 was found scrawled on a bathroom wall. Hocking College has stepped up security and offered to relocate students too scared to stay in the dorm where the threat was found. Around 400 of the school's 6,300 students are black and two have already left the college out of fear.

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Some students say the scare has exposed racial tensions at the college, which hosts many exchange students from the Caribbean. Hocking's location amidst hundreds of heavily forested acres in the Appalachian foothills has heightened security fears. "I don't feel too safe walking by the woods," one 19-year-old black student tells the AP. "There's woods everywhere. And somebody could be out in them." (Read more Hocking College stories.)

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