Before the beginning of the 2023 fall semester, reports surfaced that gymnast and social media star Olivia Dunne decided to just take classes from the Louisiana State University (LSU) online.
The reason: Dunne said she once received creepy messages from a stalker who was threatening to shoot up the campus where she used to attend classes.
Not like the messages she’s getting
The messages were sent to her last December 2021, but the 21-year-old artistic gymnast kept mum about it for a long time until recently when she revealed it to the media.
She explained the messages were different from other messages she has been receiving. She added that due to her reputation as a social media personality, she was used to getting strange messages from unknown accounts, but she has not received a message of that kind before.
“I had a scare once with a message that I got about a class I was going to, and I was like, you know what, it’s not worth it,” the highest-earning college athlete in the United States told the media. “It was a threat. It seemed like they knew where I was at and what class, and I just decided better (to be) safe than sorry.”
That time, Dunne already blocked the account where the creepy messages were coming from, and no arrests were made after LSU Police carried out an investigation.
However, just two months from the time she received the messages, in February 2022, the LSU gymnastics coach, Jay Clark, alerted campus authorities when an unidentified man was seen inside the team’s facility seemingly watching the athletes.
Also, several men were spotted walking around the building before the unknown man entered the facility, surveillance clips showed. Yet, no charges were filed.
The messages came a few weeks after Dunne made headlines when a massive crowd of male fans showed up to the Tigers’ opening meet for the 2022 season versus the University of Utah. Dunne is currently a member of the LSU Tigers women’s gymnastics team.