Evergreen college closes amid campus threat

Aerial view of Evergreen State College

Aerial view of Evergreen State College

A day after a Jewish professor's complaints about being targeted by a left-wing "campus mob" went viral, his college was shut down in response to what the school called a "direct threat".

The college is asking everyone to leave campus or return to their residence halls and await further instructions. The post did not provide other details.

Events at the college have attracted national attention in recent weeks. Protesters alleged racism and called for one professor to resign.

Typically minority students have retreated off campus on the day of absence, which involves only about 200 of the 4,800 students and staff at the school, Powers said.

Mr. Weinstein, who was advised by campus police to teach off campus last week out of fear for his safety, said the students have threatened violence if their demands are not met.

Messages left with a college spokesman Thursday were not immediately returned.

The Evergreen State College is an accredited public liberal arts college and a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, located in Olympia, Washington, USA. Rep. Matt Manweller said he wants lawmakers to privatize the public school that the Legislature created in 1967, The News Tribune reported.

Evergreen professor Bret Weinstein told KING-TV he held a class off campus after being told by the college's police chief it wasn't safe for him to be on campus.

Officers were "visible and present" on campus Thursday, and school officials were waiting to hear from law enforcement when they "can give the all clear", Kaiser said.

Evergreen State College is closing immediately due to a threat after a multicultural group suggested white people leave for a non-racist "day of absence".

Some Democrats, who control the state House, have rejected the idea.

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