UCLA cancels in-person classes following threats by former lecturer

Leanne Suter Image
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
UCLA shooting threat suspect in custody
Matthew Harris, a former lecturer at UCLA, has been taken into custody in Colorado for allegedly making threats against the school.

WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- UCLA announced all classes Tuesday will be held remotely after threats were made toward members of the university's philosophy department by a former postdoctoral fellow.

Students say Matthew Harris, who is also a former lecturer, sent an email to his former philosophy department threatening to hurt faculty and staff.

Harris posted hundreds of videos online Monday, including one showing video of the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the massacre at Columbine High School.

Students who had Harris as a professor say the trouble began last year and exploded Monday as news of his latest threats spread on social media.

"I've been scared about this professor, this guy, for about a year since my girlfriend told me about the stories - how he treated their class, but also the threats he made after he got put on leave," student Nathan Robbins said.

Late Monday night, UCLA announced all classes would be held remotely.

"We do not have specific information that this individual is in CA," the university tweeted. "Out of an abundance of caution, all classes will be held remotely Feb 1."

"UCLA Police Department is aware of a concerning email and posting sent to some members of the UCLA community today and actively engaged with out-of-state law enforcement and federal agencies," UCLA said in a statement prior to canceling in-person classes.

A statement from the student body president posted to Instagram said that Harris is living on the East Coast and that there is no threat on campus.

Students who have seen the videos posted to Harris' YouTube channel say his actions are extremely concerning.