Ole Miss has turned a letter threatening to kill shrubs and trees on campus and specifically in the Grove over to the Jackson office of the FBI, the school announced Wednesday.
The handwritten note was reportedly signed "Hail State Go to Hell TSUN" and was received on Tuesday. It reads:
"What’s going to happen to ya’ll on the field Saturday Aint nothing compared to what’s going to happen on your beautiful campus. You won’t be one of the most pretty campus’s Next year. A lot of shrubs and trees are going to die; especially in the grove. Can’t stop us"
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Hail State is the slogan of rival Mississippi State. The two schools are set to meet Saturday in the annual Egg Bowl.
"This longtime football rivalry has separated families and friends for generations, but while it’s spirited, our attention has been focused mostly on the football field," Calvin Sellers, the UM police chief who turned over the letter, said in the statement. "We encourage everyone to remember that this is a game, after all, not a time for hate. We are hopeful that passions have not escalated to the point that someone is prepared to do damage to a landmark for which all Mississippians take great pride."
The threat brings to mind Alabama fan Harvey Updyke, who pleaded guilty to poisoning Auburn University’s landmark oak trees in 2010. He was ordered to pay restitution to the school totaling $796,731 in December 2013.