Pro-ISIS Messages at Youngstown State University

If you missed it yesterday: "The rock" on the campus of Youngstown State University was discovered, Monday morning, to have been painted with pro-ISIS messages. "We are coming," it said on one side. "YSU supports ISIS," "France deserves destruction," "Jihad over God."

The university immediately took action, alerting Youngstown police, the FBI, and painting the rock white. Students gathered in the afternoon and painted an American flag and new messages on it, things like "God Bless America" and "World Peace."

YSU President Jim Tressel praised the students, saying "it takes a true leader to paint the rock in daylight."   

In a statement, the University said that no threats had been validated — "there is no credible threat to the campus at this time" — but that police would continue to monitor the situation closely.
Additionally, a YSU spokeswoman said, the university would be reviewing its security footage. 

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