Three college campuses were forced to evacuate after bomb threats were reported; Oklahoma State University in Tulsa addressed the threat with their students and faculty via social media.
“OSU-Tulsa is actively monitoring the situation regarding threats made to several university campuses across the country this morning. Campus officials are in contact with proper authorities. No specific threat has been made to OSU-Tulsa.”
The University of Texas in Austin received a call this morning by a man with a middle-eastern accent who claimed he was connected with Al-Qaeda.
The person said there was a bomb on campus and it would go off in 90 minutes. University officials sent out immediate alerts through websites and social media asking the 50,000 students on campus to evacuate.
North Dakota State in Fargo also received a bomb threat about an hour after Texas did. They also evacuated. Both schools were determined safe by the afternoon. A smaller college in northeast Ohio, Hiram College, also received a bomb threat.
OSU-Tulsa felt the need to alert students and faculty about the situations in Texas, North Dakota, and Ohio.
“We wanted to give the members of this community that we are not oblivious to things happening across the country,” said OSU-Tulsa’s Chief of Police, Melvin Murdock.
22-year-old Zachary Stump told FOX23 News he receives the Cowboy Alert messages on his Facebook and Twitter pages like rest of the student body.
“They always let us know when things are happening, there are always campus police around,” said Stump.
He appreciates knowing what the campus security wants students to be aware while they are attending classes.
“About two weeks ago there was a case where a girl was almost kidnapped north of here and they just let you know about that,” said Stump.
“We certainly believe when it comes to communicating certain issues, we believe in redundancy,” said Murdock.