EDUCATION

UC Berkeley braces for violence if Ann Coulter speaks or not

FILE - In this Friday, April 21, 2017, file photo, a leaflet is seen stapled to a message board near Sproul Hall on the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif. The University of California, Berkeley says it's preparing for possible violence on campus whether Ann Coulter comes to speak or not. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

FILE - In this Friday, April 21, 2017, file photo, a leaflet is seen stapled to a message board near Sproul Hall on the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif. The University of California, Berkeley says it's preparing for possible violence on campus whether Ann Coulter comes to speak or not. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)  (The Associated Press)

The University of California, Berkeley says it's preparing for possible violence on campus whether Ann Coulter comes to speak or not.

The conservative pundit has hinted she might cancel her planned appearance Thursday amid growing concerns of violence. She told Florida-based radio station 850 WFTL on Wednesday, "I still wanted to do it but I'm running out of options here."

Campus spokesman Dan Mogulof said UC Berkeley officials had not heard directly from Coulter on Wednesday. But he said even if she cancels, some groups that support or oppose her could still turn out on campus.

He said police were taking necessary steps to protect the campus but he declined to elaborate.

Campus Republicans invited Coulter to speak at the campus. They did not immediately respond to requests for comment.