Controversial Gitmo art exhibit closes after Snapchat threat

An exhibit of art by Guantanamo detainees at John Jay College will close after a Snapchat threat was made against “John Jay”, report Susan Edelman and Chris Perez of the NY Post.

A statement to John Jay staff from department director Diego Redondo on the matter reads, “As some of you may be aware, a message was posted on Snapchat yesterday indicating a threat to ‘John Jay.’ The threat was not definitive in terms of whether it was directed at John Jay College or John Jay High School in Brooklyn. Since last night, Public Safety has been, and will continue to be, in contact with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) on this matter. In an abundance of caution, we are going to close the President’s Gallery [where the controversial exhibit was on display], the 9/11 Memorial Hall and the Shiva Gallery to outside visitors tomorrow. Additionally, we will be posting extra security at the entries to the College, and will have a heightened NYPD presence in the area.”

The exhibit of artwork by the accused was originally scheduled to close at the end of January.

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