RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – A threatening graffiti message found on February 2 threatened violence on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus today, but school officials say there has not been any trouble. Officials say they are on heightened alert, as extra patrols from the state have joined campus police. Richmond, Berea and Madison County law enforcement are also on campus. Classes are still being held although most of the campus is empty.
"There are more officers here than students right now," says Andrew Harman, a student taking a macroeconomics class. He says that his mother was worried about him coming to class but that he wanted to go. He comes to the campus from Madison Central high school three times a week with classmate Austin Hendrix. Both say they feel it would be hard for someone to bring a gun to EKU on Wednesday, because there has been so much attention brought on by the threat. Hendrix says, however, that he thinks some of the students who stayed at home were afraid to take the chance.
School officials say if nothing happens they will not cut off extra security abruptly, but will slowly wean off the additional patrols.