There are reports of a shooting at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado.
Late on Friday night, the academy sent out a worrying tweet advising that the shooter was active on the grounds which sits north of Colorado Springs.
‘We received reports of active shooter on Academy grounds. There are no confirmation of shots fired. Security forces are sweeping the area,’ it said.
There is no information of whether anyone has been injured.
The threat comes just hours after a general with the United States Air Force told thousands of cadets under his command under his command at the academy to ‘get out’ if any of them hold racist views.
Late on Friday night, the academy sent out a worrying tweet advising that the shooter was active on the grounds which sit north of Colorado Springs
The fiery and blunt message from Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria came after someone wrote racial slurs on message boards outside the dormitory rooms of five black students at a preparatory school on the academy campus in Colorado Springs.
Air Force security personnel are now investigating, Lt. Col. Herritage told the Colorado Springs Gazette Thursday. Herritage said he could not comment further after the slurs were discovered Tuesday morning.
Lt. Gen. Silveria, superintendent of the academy and the prep school, warned students at an assembly Thursday he would not tolerate racism.
‘If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out,’ he said.
He told them they should be outraged by the incident.
Silveria said he called the families of the five prep school students who were the objects of the slurs.
Racial slurs are illegal in the military and can bring charges of violating orders and conduct unbecoming an officer.
The academy has struggled with sexual misconduct problems several times in recent years but few racial incidents have been made public.
About 29 percent of the academy’s cadets were minorities in 2015, according to the school’s website.
Ten percent were Hispanic, 10 percent Asian and Pacific islander, 8 percent black and 1 percent Native American.