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Northern Michigan University Closed After Threat

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MARQUETTE, Mich. — Authorities have closed Northern Michigan University and the city of Marquette's public schools because of a threat to the university.

University spokeswoman Kristi Evans said Wednesday an online threat was made to harm students, faculty, staff and administrators at the school in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Evans had no further details about the nature of the threat, which was discovered shortly before 8 a.m.

Evans said an emergency notice was transmitted on the laptop computers provided to all 9,400 students. Text messages were also sent on cell phones. It is uncertain if the closure will last beyond Wednesday.

Interim Marquette schools superintendent Deborah Veiht said the district's schools were closed as a precaution. Marquette Senior High School is next door to the university campus. The public schools have 3,000 students.