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    Misleading ‘massacre’ e-mail causes short-lived stir

    An e-mail with the subject line “”Time for another VA Tech massacre in AZ?”” was reported by two professors to police early this week but turned out to be harmless, police said.

    Journalism department head Jacqueline Sharkey received the e-mail Sunday night.

    “”The e-mail was forwarded to me by a faculty member who received it unsolicited,”” Sharkey said.

    Sgt. Eugene Mejia, of the University of Arizona Police Department, said that police looked at the e-mail and saw it contained a link to “”Danger to Others,”” a Web site to bring attention to a particular situation.

    The Web site, in direct response to the Virginia Tech massacre, advocates having next of kin contacted when someone is sent for a mental health evaluation to help mitigate a growing problem. “”It’s not really a dangerous e-mail,”” Mejia said.

    “”I didn’t click on the link,”” Sharkey said. “”I called UAPD and forwarded it to them.””

    Bruce McNaughton, a UA psychology professor, reported the e-mail to police Monday morning.

    According to the police report, he did not know who had sent him the e-mail.

    In the event of an actual threatening e-mail, Mejia said that an investigation would ensue to determine who had sent the e-mail and why they had sent it.

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