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Speaker cancels over threat, gun policy

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY – A feminist speaker canceled a speech at Utah State University after learning the school would allow concealed firearms despite a threat against her.

Anita Sarkeesian was to give a presentation on the portrayal of women in video games tonight. She decided Tuesday night to cancel.

University staff had received a threat earlier Tuesday from an unknown person who vowed to carry out a mass shooting if the event took place. University spokesman Tim Vitale said the FBI told school officials the threat is consistent with ones Sarkeesian receives when she gives speeches.

The university consulted with law enforcement and determined it was safe to proceed. Sarkeesian canceled after learning from the university that concealed weapons would be permitted.

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