MSU receives threatening letter against athletics ahead of big game

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FLINT (WJRT) - (10/06/17) - Michigan State University is taking a threat in the form of a letter very seriously.

Police in East Lansing say the letter made "general threats" against MSU athletics.

They sent out notices to students, staff and the community at large early Friday afternoon.

ELPD Lt. Chad Connelly says they received the letter earlier this week and have been investigating its validity and origin since then.

Police say they take the threat to mean any sport involving MSU at any location, whether home or away.

Of course, this weekend's football game between Michigan and Michigan State is at the Big House, but it's likely not the only athletic event happening for MSU.

They are preparing as best they can for any possibility, but with limited numbers of police officers at mass gatherings, they will need the public's help to keep everyone safe.

"We ask that they remain vigilant and that they pay attention to their surroundings, and support any suspicious activity to law enforcement. Obviously, you know given the nature of things that have happened recently, we just want to make sure people stay safe and pay attention to their surroundings and look for anything out of the ordinary," Lt. Connelly said.

They want everyone to enjoy the game but also stay alert.

The investigation is ongoing so police would not tell us specifics about the contents of the letter.

Both university police and ELPD are working together.

Parents, if you have students who attend MSU, make sure they've signed up to receive the school's emergency alerts.

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