Teaching assistant charged with threatening Temple’s medical school

The university canceled classes at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine on Oct. 25 as a result of the threat.

Bernadette Boffice, a doctoral student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, located north of Main Campus near Tioga and Broad streets, was charged with threatening the school on Oct 26. | HUA ZONG / FILE PHOTO

A doctoral student who allegedly threatened the Lewis Katz School of Medicine on Oct. 24 was charged with making terroristic threats at a hearing on Oct. 26, according to court documents.

Charlie Leone, director of Campus Safety Services, confirmed the threat was made by Bernadette Boffice, who is also a teaching assistant at the school, in an email to The Temple News Monday. 

“On Thursday evening, we received what we believe to be a threatening social media post from a person who is affiliated with the medical school. The individual was located and apprehended. That individual is charged with making terroristic threats, a misdemeanor,” wrote Ray Betzner, a spokesperson for the university, in an email to The Temple News.

The public defender’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The medical school canceled classes on Friday after being made aware of the threat. The university issued an all-clear around 8 a.m. Friday morning.

“Temple takes the security of its community seriously and is taking appropriate security measures to protect its community and address the individual’s actions in accordance with university policy,” Betzner wrote.

Temple police had deemed the threat “credible” but did not close Temple University Hospital or other buildings on the Health Sciences Campus, Betzner said on Friday.

The 24-year-old is also awaiting a trial for stalking and verbal harassment charges, according to court documents, though it is unclear if the alleged crimes are related.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly attributed a statement confirming the identity of the person who was charged to University Spokesperson Ray Betzner. The statement came from Charlie Leone, director of Campus Safety Services.

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