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Volume 68, Issue 16, Tuesday, September 17, 2002


Threat sent from library computer

By Ray Hafner
The Daily Cougar

A computer from the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library was confiscated by the Secret Service on Wednesday after someone used it to send a threatening e-mail to an official at Elsik High School.

Law enforcement officials were on high alert across the nation Wednesday because of the one-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Hope Eugene/The Daily Cougar

The Secret Service removed a computer used to make an e-mail threat to an official at Elsik High School from the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library. The location of the computer, which has been replaced until the Secret Service is through extracting information from it, was accessible to anyone who came into the library.

Secret Service spokesperson LaMont Rodgers said the threat was not related to Sept. 11 but declined to comment further.

Officials are "still working to develop a suspect in this," he said.

The investigation is being conducted jointly between UHPD, the Secret Service and Alief Independent School District police. 

Because the investigation is ongoing, officials would not name the recipient or the nature of the threat, saying only that it was an official at Elsik High School. Elsik High School is located west of Houston, in Alief.

According to Dean of Libraries Dana Rooks, the computer was at a stand-up location near the information desk where it would have been accessible to anyone, not just to students.

The Secret Service, which is investigating because of its partnership with the Department of Education, still has possession the computer while information is being extracted.

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