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John Jay College Closing Art Exhibit Featuring Work by Gitmo Detainees

John Jay College Closing Art Exhibit Featuring Work by Gitmo Detainees

“decided to close the exhibit to the public until further notice”

This art show opened a couple of weeks ago but apparently the school got threatened over it.

The Daily Caller reports:

Gitmo Art Exhibit Closing After Snapchat Threat

An art exhibit featuring the works of Guantanamo Bay prisoners at John Jay College is shutting down Monday after a Snapchat message mentioned a threat against “John Jay,” The New York Post reports.

Authorities were not sure if the threat was specifically meant for the college, but the college’s public safety and risk management department decided to close the exhibit to the public until further notice. The art has been shown in the President’s Gallery.

College faculty and staff received the word on Sunday after receiving an email from the department’s director, Diego Redondo.

“As some of you may be aware, a message was posted on Snapchat yesterday indicating a threat to ‘John Jay,’” Redondo wrote. “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, 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.


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Nice way to encourage future threats against the University. By capitulating at the first hint of disapproval, they have told everyone that they will give in to anonymous threats in the future. The people at John Jay should know that the way to discourage threats is to reject the threat, and to find and prosecute the perpetrator.

It can be a good excuse to shut down an exhibition where the gallery attendance is minute or abysmal. They get the credit for the virtue signalling of putting on the exhibition, as well as the victimhood of shutting down because of a threat that wasn’t even known to be against the exhibit or any people managing the exhibit.