[NOTE: Sarkeesian did NOT cancel her speech because of the terror threat, but because police were going to allow concealed firearms at the event.]
Source: Standard Examiner
Feminist cancels speech at USU after terror threat
LOGAN — Canadian-American author, blogger and feminist Anita Sarkeesian has canceled her scheduled Wednesday speech at Utah State University after learning the school would allow concealed firearms at the event despite an anonymous terror threat promising “the deadliest school shooting in American history.”
Utah State confirmed Sarkeesian’s decision to cancel in a tweet sent out shortly after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
University officials originally decided to move forward with Sarkeesian’s speech after several staff members received an anonymous email terror threat on Tuesday morning from someone claiming to be a student proposing “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if it didn’t cancel the Wednesday lecture.
The school later reversed their announcement after a discussion with Sarkeesian over whether firearms would be allowed at the event.
“Sarkeesian was informed that, in accordance with the State of Utah law regarding the carrying of firearms, if a person has a valid concealed firearm permit and is carrying a weapon, they are permitted to have it at the venue,” reads a statement on the university’s website.
Sarkeesian, well-known for her advocacy for improved portrayals of women in the video gaming industry, took to Twitter on Tuesday night to express her frustration with police.
“Forced to cancel my talk at USU after receiving death threats because police wouldn’t take steps to prevent concealed firearms at the event,” Sarkeesian tweeted.
Officers wouldn’t agree to new security measures, Sarkeesian said in another tweet.
“Requested pat downs or metal detectors after mass shooting threat but because of Utah’s open carry laws police wouldn’t do firearm searches,” she said. (Continued at the source.)