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By David Ganezer
Observer Staff Writer 

UCLA Closed by Threat of Mass Shooting From Former Philosophy Dept. Lecturer

Students describe the former UCLA lecturer as "strange" erratic. The student newspaper said UCLA had waited hours to close the school after one video entitled "UCLA Philosophy Mass Shooting."

 

February 3, 2022

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UCLA Closed by Threat of Mass Shooting From Former Philosophy Dept. Lecturer Matthew Harris

2/1/22 UCLA has been closed to in person classes today, after disturbing posts and emails from a former UCLA Lecturer of Philosophy. Matthew Harris posted videos glorifying the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, and saying that he would or might do the same thing at UCLA. Harris sent emails to faculty and students, linking to the video. Police are looking for Harris, and again the school is closed to in person classes.

An online review of Harris described him as emotional, prone to saying strange things. Harris once sent an obscene photo to a student, and was under investigation for same.

The Daily Bruin newspaper accused UCLA of being slow to respond after Harris posted hundreds of threatening Youtube videos in recent days. The student newspaper said UCLA had waited hours to close the school after one video entitled "UCLA Philosophy Mass Shooting."

The University of California Los Angeles is a major research university with over 40,000 students from all over the world. It is the second oldest UC school, after Berkeley.

 

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