ISU Bomb Threat: Bomb Threat Found in NoteBy: Lindsay McCane - August 21, 2013
Students attending Illinois State University are shaken after a bomb threat was found in the form of a hand written note in Schroeder Hall. At the time, students and faculty were alerted of the threat and were sent an e-mail describing what had been found.
An update was sent to students today by ISU president, Timothy Flanagan. It read:
Dear Students, I am writing to give you a brief update on yesterday’s incident regarding the threatening note found in Schroeder Hall. University police and security personnel have conducted thorough building sweeps and are keeping a presence in Schroeder, something that will continue through Friday. Nothing suspicious has been discovered and the building remains safe and secure. Over the years, threatening notes of this type have appeared on several occasions, not only at Illinois State, but on college campuses across the country. While these notes are most often viewed as an attempt to disrupt normal activity, we must always take such communications seriously. We do not want to overreact to this situation and add credibility to the individuals and copycats who commit such acts. Still, your safety is our first priority, so I felt it necessary to take these extra safety precautions, alert you quickly and keep you updated. Although this incident did not rise to the level of requiring an emergency text alert, which occurs when there is an immediate safety danger, it serves as a reminder that we should be mindful of our environment and security. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for our emergency texts alerts by following links from IllinoisState.edu/alerts. Information is also communicated via the University homepage, Facebook, Twitter feeds and other applications. Finally, I want to thank you for your patience and maturity throughout this incident. Your behavior is just one more reason we are proud of our Illinois State University students.
The note has been determined to be false and classes have continued on the campus. Security, however, has been increased for the next several days.
Flanagan posted this message on the school’s website: “We must take these communications seriously. After receiving the communication, University police immediately contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies. While we have not cancelled classes at Schroeder Hall, we are taking multiple steps to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff members who use the building.”
If anyone sees suspicious activity or has any information about the threat, they are urged to call University Police at (309) 438-8631.