Although the Saturday morning production of "Corpus Christi" was canceled at Tarleton State University, college staff and administrators have continued to receive a barrage of hateful e-mails and phone calls, which began days before the play's run date.

"I am disgusted by your stupid play," one person wrote in an e-mail. "I once considered going to college here but not anymore! You can all go to hell and burn! This is a mockery!"

The individual continued, claiming that the devil was loose and had taken hold of Tarleton.

"When your lives start to fall apart don't ask, 'Why? What did I do wrong? Why is this happening to me?!" they continued. "Instead acknowledge the fact that ya'll are wrong!"

Liza Benedict, associate vice president for marketing and communication, said university police officers are researching messages that could be "perceived as a threat."

While Benedict described many of the messages as being written in "hateful, vicious language," she said not all of them fall under the category of a direct threat.

"The police are reviewing some of those e-mails to see if they warrant investigation," Benedict said. "For it (the message) to be considered criminal they have to be specific about what they are going to do to you. The e-mails we received were much more general."

Benedict said legal action would be pursued with any e-mails that were "perceived as threatening."

Despite the messages over the past few weeks, Benedict said life on the Stephenville campus has calmed down since the play was canceled by the professor last Friday.

"I think people here are eager to move forward and get back to the business of educating our students," Benedict said.