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Threatening letter received by APSU officials

UPDATE (Jan. 12, 9:14 p.m.): According to Cliff Richard Guthrie’s personal website, he was born in Guyana, South America and currently resides in Clarksville. He received his Associates of Art through the University of Maryland University College’s European Division in  Mannheim, Germany in August 1999. Guthrie was previously employed in Georgetown, Guyana, South America in the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development from April 11, 2007, until Jan. 7, 2008.

Guthrie’s personal website contains his resume, poems and initiatives. On July 6, 2008, he sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service and recommended improvements to the system of taxation. On July 21, 2008, he sent a letter to the city of Clarksville recommending the creation of a “separate and independent oversight body be established to monitor the transactions and practices of the industrial sector of Clarksville.” On July 25, 2008, he sent a letter to the Tennessee Department of Safety recommending changes to the current drivers license manual.

Matter of concern: On Wednesday, Jan. 12, APSU officials were provided with a letter written by Cliff Richard Guthrie, who was enrolled at APSU as recently as the Fall 2010 semester, that states “… I am forced to engage in a civil-civic action that will be readily perceived as a crime that is heinous, premeditated, racial and anti-American.” The letter also names Austin Peay State University and no other institution of higher education is specifically named in the letter.

Awareness: While the specific intent of this individual is not clear, his statements are being taken seriously by APSU officials and are considered to be threatening.

APSU Public Safety has issued Guthrie a criminal trespass warning. This means Guthrie is not allowed on any property owned or occupied by APSU. APSU Public Safety has also notified the Clarksville Police Department, Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and Fort Campbell Police about the communication.

If you see Guthrie on or near the APSU’s Main Campus, Fort Campbell Campus or the Renaissance Center in Dickson, please contact APSU Public Safety at (931) 221-7786. You should also inform APSU Public Safety if you receive any communication, including letters or packages, from Guthrie, or any letters or packages that are not properly identified or are otherwise suspicious, without opening the letter or package.

Members of the university community are encouraged to exercise extra vigilance, acquaint themselves with the locations of emergency phones located throughout the campus, and avail themselves of the escort service provided by Public Safety.  You can reach public safety dispatch at any time by pressing the button on any interior/exterior emergency phone, or by dialing (931) 221-7786 on any wired or cellular phone.


Cliff Richard Guthrie

Height: 5’ 11”

Weight: 190 lbs.

Ethnicity: Unspecified

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Black

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