MSU, East Lansing police receive threats against athletic events

Posted at 1:46 PM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-07 08:54:28-04

Michigan State University and East Lansing police departments have received threats against MSU athletic events.

The departments received letters making general threats, according to authorities.

Both MSU and East Lansing police departments are investigating to determine where the threats came from and if they are credible. 

The letters do not give specifics in regards to the threat or particular event.

Students and nearby residents are asked to remain vigilant of their surroundings and report anything suspicious to authorities.

Tensions are high since more than 100,000 people are expected to attend Saturday’s football game against MSU at the University of Michigan.

Larry Young says he hasn’t been to a large public event in 20 years.

“I haven’t felt safe in a public event in a long time,” said Young. “It’s been very scary to go anywhere public with all these crazy people -- And then no gun control”

Tia Tsakos is a former U of M student and is back in town for the game.

“I don’t think it’s really anything that’s crossed my mind but I think I’m just really excited, so I’m in that zone,” she said.

The following email was sent to MSU community members: 

As you may be aware, the Michigan State University and city of East Lansing police departments are investigating letters making general threats against MSU athletic events. The letters do not provide specific information in regards to the event or manner of the threat. Both police departments are working in conjunction with additional law enforcement agencies to investigate the origin and validity of the letters.

MSU is taking all of the appropriate security measures. Regardless of the threat credibility, it is important for members of the MSU community to always remain vigilant and be aware of their surroundings. If you see something, say something; it is always better to be safe. 

In the case of an emergency, MSU Police will use the MSU Alert system to notify students, staff and faculty of any threat and the appropriate action to take. Please visit to make sure your information is updated.

If you plan on attending the game, here is some useful information such as parking and what you can bring into the stadium.