LA VERNE (CBSLA) – Classes were canceled Friday at the University of La Verne, after reports of a student's car burning on campus, according to what school officials say is part of a series of threats directed at students
The university located at 1950 3rd Street issued a statement on Friday saying that during the past two days, officials received two reports of "heinous acts" against a student.
The closure of the campus followed the discovery of a "backpack that emits smoke" inside an unlocked vehicle on Friday morning in a dormitory parking lot, according to the police.
In response, all afternoon and evening classes on the La Verne campus were canceled to "allow the university to evaluate this changing situation and continue to cooperate with the application of the law in ongoing criminal investigations."
This comes after La Verne police said student activists notified university officials on Thursday about a threat received on social media
"The La Verne Police Department is investigating the threats , which were communicated to the recipient through an anonymous account on social networks, to determine the source of the threat, "said the police.
Police also said they were still trying to confirm a link between the threat of social networks and the incident on Friday.
Student activists linked to the Decolonize ULV group say they believe the sender is trying to silence them because they have been calling the university for allegedly not doing enough to combat racism on campus.
"We do not know who committed these acts of hatred, it is an act of hatred, but we know why it intensified," said one member, who declined to be identified. "The administration needs to address this problem."
The university issued a statement that said in part: "These actions are despicable and are an affront to our values as a university … this is a critical time for us to declare that we will not tolerate this type of behavior."