AUSTIN - Campus police are investigating after a University of Texas professor posted photos on social media in recent days that apparently show a bullet casing that was found on campus and is attached to a slip of paper that reads, "Triggered?"
In one photo tweeted on Sept. 16 by Casey Boyle, an assistant professor in UT's rhetoric and writing department, one bullet casing with the note attached is seen perched on a bulletin board.
Not sure how to read this shell casing & note someone left on a bulletin board in my building here on campus. pic.twitter.com/0OxntQZw0t— Casey Boyle (@caseyboyle) September 16, 2016
According to KVUE's partners at the Austin American-Statesman, this bullet casing was seen in Parlin Hall at UT.
Below the casing is a piece of paper that has the words, "Peace Zone (leave your guns at home)" printed on it. In the bottom corners of the sign is the logo for UT's anti-campus carry group, Gun Free UT. Boyle tweeted a close shot of the sign where someone had apparently written, "In the land of the pigs, the butcher is king. Oink ... oink ... oink ..." in red ink.
UPDATE: The casing was placed on a board with this sign. So, I have a better idea how to read it now. pic.twitter.com/HOOY2aFgPg— Casey Boyle (@caseyboyle) September 16, 2016
The Statesman said rhetoric professor Patricia Roberts-Miller found another shell casing on Sept. 18 also in Parlin Hall. An additional bullet casing was found last week in Batts Hall, according to the Statesman.
Anti-campus carry student protestor Rosie Zander, who is against guns in classrooms said she is not even sure where this mysterious message came from, but she is alarmed.
"I think this could be a protest for campus carry or against it, personally the way I took it, we do have this atmosphere, where it lets people know there are bullets in classrooms and guns in classrooms,” said Zander, "I don't think that was a productive way, it's also not as clear as it could be, I think a clearer message is needed.”
According to KVUE's Jennifer Auh, the University of Texas Police Department said they are aware of the reports and are investigating.
They are urging students and staff to call 911 immediately to report a crime, instead of posting it on social media or texting each other. According to university police, this is actually becoming an issue, where students and sometimes staff post crimes on social media, instead of calling 911.
Police also said they are pushing to have a 911 texting system in place, since most students like to text instead of call to communicate.
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