Education

Amid North Korean Nuclear Activity, This University Sent A Terrifying Message To Students

The University of Hawaii sent students and faculty an unsettling email Monday implying imminent North Korean nuclear activity.

The school sent its community an email titled “Subject: in the event of a nuclear attack” to 50,000 students and 10,000 faculty and staff members, The Washington Post reported. Hawaii is located roughly 4,600 miles from North Korea.

“In light of concerns about North Korea missile tests, state and federal agencies are providing information about nuclear threats and what to do in the unlikely event of a nuclear attack and radiation emergency,” the university wrote in the email.

The school informed the community that its 10 campuses would use a siren system and sheltering-in-place to respond to such a crisis.

Daniel Meisenzahl, the University of Hawaii spokesman who sent the email, took full responsibility.

“If I were to do it all over again, the one thing I would have done is put ‘unlikely’ in the subject line,” Meisenzahl told WaPo. He said he might also have inserted “NO REASON FOR ALARM” or similar language, suggesting that students should not be overly upset by the message.

“The subject line could use some work,” Meisenzahl reflected, joking that he had been dealing with “the fallout from a nuclear email.” However, he noted that “at least people are clicking on it.”

The University of Hawaii came under scrutiny in July when a math professor stated “I don’t trust white people” and “cis het white people need to lose more.”

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