MIT: Hoax caller cited revenge for activist death
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WHDH) -- MIT officials released more information regarding the message that sent police rushing to the school’s campus Saturday morning.
MIT officials told 7News the hoax started with a message designed for people with hearing or speech impediments.
The person cited the supposed gunman was a member of MIT’s staff out to seek revenge for the suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz. The caller stated the gunman’s target was MIT President Rafael Reif.
In the e-mail, officials say: "...the caller reported someone with a 'really big gun,' and 'armor' who was 'getting out of control.'"
After several minutes on the phone, the caller said "...the alleged gunman was retaliating against people involved in the suicide of Aaron Swartz."
MIT officials say the staffer the caller cited as the gunman was "found not to be connected to the incident."