Classes canceled at Point Loma Nazarene after warning from FBI

SAN DIEGO -- Point Loma Nazarene University canceled classes Thursday after the FBI alerted school officials of a possible threat to its campuses.

Classes will resume as scheduled on Friday, the university announced Thursday evening.

An alert went out to students around 8:30 a.m. stating all of the Point Loma Nazarene campuses, including Mission Valley, Liberty Station and Bakerfield, were closing for the day.

"In the middle of class we all got a text on our phones saying there was a threat," said Jordan Collins, a student at PLNU.

"We were all freaking out," added Kaiya Nelson.  "All we heard was 'FBI is on campus and there's a threat.'"

According to federal agents, the threat was made online. It was non-specific, but it did target Point Loma Nazarene.

“Our top priority is the safety of our students and our campus communities," said Jill Monroe, Director of Public Affairs for PLNU. "As a result, it was out of an abundance of caution that the university chose to cancel all classes at all PLNU campuses through today, October 25th.”

Students who live on campus were told they could return to their dorms and remain inside or, if they prefer, they can leave campus altogether. Students told FOX 5 that's what many of them did.

"We just all thought, 'Let's get off campus and go surfing," Nelson said.

"So we all kind of see this as a day off,"  said Collins. "I’ll be off campus and hopefully when I come back everyone’s OK."

Officials told FOX 5 they did not believe the threat was in any way connected to a series of pipe bombs mailed to various political figures and media outlets in recent days.