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UPDATED: And Now, A Bomb Threat At LSU


There isn’t anything much to report as yet – only that at LSU’s web site there’s an alert bar saying “A bomb threat has been reported on the LSU Campus. Please evacuate as calmy and quickly as possible. Check lsu.edu for updates. LSUEOC”

And this on Facebook…

More as we get it.

UPDATE: Per the Advocate’s story on this, the threat came courtesy of a 911 call around 10:30 this morning…

As of 12:30 p.m. Monday, traffic in the central part of LSU’s campus was at a standstill. Buses packed with students were not moving as other students who couldn’t get on a bus waited for more to arrive.

LSU authorities said they couldn’t estimate how many of the university’s roughly 29,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff were on campus when the evacuation started.

Sophomore Ainsley Stieb said she waited for about 30 minutes to get on a bus before getting a phone call from a friend offering her a ride.

Steib said she wasn’t particularly scared or nervous about the bomb threat.

“I just want to get off campus,” she said.

Andrew Arceneaux, a junior in LSU’s business administration program was also trying to find a bus to get him off campus early Monday afternoon.

“I was in the middle of taking a test and they walked in and told us we had to leave campus,” he said.

LSU system president Bill Jenkins is quoted as saying the school’s top brass thinks it’s probably a hoax but they’re not taking any chances. This is probably a copycat of the threats called in at the University of Texas, North Dakota State and Hiram College on Friday. But of course, if you take it as such and then the bomb does go off, there’s a body count. And inconvenienced people are not as bad as a body count.

UPDATE #2: They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our sense of humor – or capitalist spirit…

In case you can’t read the sign, they’re selling bottled water for a buck and Pop Tarts for two bucks to the evacuees.

UPDATE #3: Not sure what to make of this, but there are now rumors from multiple sources claiming black smoke coming from something on campus.

And two hours after the campus-wide text message declaring the evacuation, traffic on LSU’s campus is still snarled from what we’re being told.

UPDATE #4: The latest communique from LSU…

LSU continues to investigate the bomb threat reported earlier today. Please stay off campus unless directed to return. Check lsu.edu for updates. LSUEOC.

UPDATE #5: Sounds like an All-Clear. From LSU’s Facebook page…

All Residential Life facilities have been deemed ready to return to normal operations, and students living there can return. Also, The 5 and 459 Commons dining halls have been deemed ready to return to normal operations and will be open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. this evening. UREC has been cleared as well and will be open from 6:30 to 11 p.m. this evening. Notifications on other campus facilities will be made as appropriate. Keep your travels on campus restricted to these facilities only until further notice.


2 Comments

  1. We’re in a different era.

    In the ‘60s and ‘70s bomb threats were seen as almost harmless pranks—in the same league as pulling a fire alarm (I know it’s hard to believe, given the current environment, but it’s true). A student was likely to get a slap on the wrist if caught.

    Today, bomb threats are considered deadly serious. A student would not only be expelled, they would likely face criminal prosecution and even jail time.

    In other words, I doubt the recent rash of bomb threats is due to students (for any reason—tests or otherwise).

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