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Campus Threat Was Actually Just a Joke About Nintendo | Inside Higher Ed

A professor at California State University, Fullerton, contacted the campus police Tuesday when she received an email she believed to be a threat, imploring her to cancel the next day’s class due to a “once-in-a-lifetime event.”

But campus police who investigated the threat discovered it referred to a Nintendo Direct event scheduled for the same time as the class, according to the Los Angeles Times. Nintendo Direct events are livestreams in which the video-game company announces upcoming releases. The student wrote back to the professor to admit the email had been a “bad joke” about the Nintendo Direct release, CSUF’s acting police chief, Scot Willey, said in a statement.

Even so, some professors opted to cancel class, the Times reported. Additional CSUF police officers, including a K-9 team, patrolled campus on Wednesday as well, though the police department did not believe there was any legitimate threat.

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