Threats against women at University of Toronto not credible: police

Police say the online comments that spurred increased security at all three University of Toronto campuses on Friday are not considered a credible threat.

TORONTO — Police say the online comments that spurred increased security at all three University of Toronto campuses on Friday are not considered a credible threat.

Const. Victor Kwong says the comments targeting the school were posted by a user named “Kill Feminists” under an article that appeared on a Toronto blog.

The disturbing comments called for gun violence against Women’s Studies professors and students.

Kwong says police are trying to identify the person who posted the comments, and security remains high at all three campuses.

The university’s provost issued a warning to students, faculty and staff on Thursday, citing threats made on a blog, but did not describe the nature of the threats.

University spokesman David Estok says the school’s administration chose not to detail the threats after consulting with experts, including police.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees local 3902 urged its members — particularly women or those working in the Women’s Studies and Sociology departments — to be “aware and careful” and said they don’t have to work if they feel unsafe.

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