Threatening email sent to students, staff of local university

MARTIN, Tenn. — One university’s students, staff, and alumni received a threatening email on Wednesday.

Around 8 a.m., students, staff, and alumni of the University of Tennessee at Martin received a threatening email through their school Gmail account.

The message from an anonymous emailer read, “When I find you, I will kill you.”

Seventeen minutes later, the school responded with an email saying they were aware of the threat and that UTM Public Safety had been notified.

UTM Public Safety and Martin police immediately began investigating to determine the legitimacy of the threat.

“With the resources available through the technological resources available, we should be able to get to the bottom of this very quickly. But the good news is there is not, from what is known so far, a credible threat here. Everybody is safe and we don’t have anything pending that would give us concern at this point,” said Bud Grimes, the Vice Chancellor for Communications and Marketing.

UTM Public Safety, the Martin Police Department, and the district attorney are going to continue to investigate and could pursue legal action against the emailer.

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