More than six UCPD officers provided security for the event Thursday. Stephen Manga / Daily Nexus

More than six UCSB police officers provided security for the event Thursday. Stephen Manga / Daily Nexus

UC Santa Barbara Police are investigating an apparent threat of violence made Thursday night on Facebook targeting the “Feminism Is Cancer” event at Corwin Pavilion.

A user named Rick Chavez posted on the Facebook event page at 5:26 p.m., writing, “the course of action I take tonight will be in honor of elliot rodgers … i’m sorry mom i love you.”

Elliot Rodger was a Santa Barbara City College student who, in May 2014, killed six UCSB students in Isla Vista using a knife and several guns before ending his own life.

UCSB Police Chief Dustin Olson said during the event that the department was “looking into” the threat. Olson confirmed that the Facebook post is the only known threat directed at the event but said he could not gauge the credibility of the threat.

After the lecture, Katya Armistead, the dean of student life, said the campus is safe.

“I think the threat was to scare people because of the Milo event, but the event is over,” Armistead wrote in a text message.

Armistead said she spoke to university police at the end of the event and believes no one was detained. Andrea Estrada, a university spokesperson, later confirmed that no one had been detained.

Estrada said UCSB Police are currently investigating the credibility of the Facebook post.

“Feminism Is Cancer” is the name of a lecture by Breitbart journalist Milo Yiannopoulos, whom students have called a “provocateur.”

Updated 11:40 p.m. 

[Correction: A previous version of this article said the Facebook user’s first name was “Ricky.” The user’s first name on Facebook is actually “Rick.”]


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