University Reacts To Threats Over Elders
Security has been tightened at the University of Arkansas medical school and its chancellor’s home after threats from people opposed to the return of former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders.
Last week’s shootings at abortion clinics in Massachusetts and Virginia gave extra weight to the threats, said Dr. Harry Ward, chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
“When you know what’s going on throughout this country, you’ve certainly got to be circumspect about those things,” Ward said.
Elders, fired Dec. 9 by President Clinton, returned this week to a $137,000 teaching position at the school, where she has worked since 1961.
Ward said city police did a security survey of his home after he received calls and letters critical of his decision to rehire Elders. Officers also increased patrols in his neighborhood and around the school.