Skip to comments.Evacuation ordered at Texas A&M [Update: "Campus is reopened. Uncleared bldgs still closed."]
Posted on 10/19/2012 10:01:50 AM PDT by ken in texas
COLLEGE STATION - A bomb threat has led to an evacuation at Texas A&M University in College Station.
The university asked students to evacuate "by foot immediately" at around 11:34 a.m. A witness at the scene said students were calmly and slowly evacuating the area.
The evacuation comes a day after Texas State University was evacuated after receiving a similar threat. Three buildings on the campus in San Marcos were evacuated around 9:40, but students were later around to return in the early afternoon.
More details to come.
What is UP with all of these bomb threats?!?! Whoever’s doing it, I hope they catch them and prosecute to the fullest extent.
Someone with a sick sense of humor.
It’s gonna be very busy around there tomorrow. Playing LSU. BIG game.
Right before the big game, tomorrow, against LSU. Prayers up.
Just saw this; called my daughter she is at home and hasn’t left for her afternoon class yet.
Prayers for the safety of the other students.
So the students are to go outside and gather around the spot where the bomb is planted?
I’m inclined to tell the caller to go ahead and push the detonator right now. We will evacuate after the bomb goes off. Demonstrate that you actually have a bomb, otherwise, I’m going back to work.
Curiously, LSU had a similar threat called in just a few weeks ago.
Wow, prayers that all get away safely and it is just an empty threat.
It's a common college stunt done by students who aren't prepared to take an important test. Before 9-11, it was just a local story and rarely noticed because it was 99% hoax.
Now, it's a big deal just like when anyone walks on campus brandishing a gun. There was a time when it was no big deal.
My friend is there getting ready for tailgating. Said they won’t let them leave in vehicles, only on foot.
So, they’re just walking as far as they can.
Well, one thing we can be sure of is that the bomb threat didn’t come from the LSU football team. They have no idea what a bomb is.
Times are definitely much different now. Not just 911, but flat out crazy people.
A very sick sense of humor. The escalation of what is done as a “prank” is very disturbing. Of course, I don’t discount the possibility that groups that hate our country are behind it.
There was one in my hometown a couple of months ago...at the highschool...and there was one yesterday at Wal-Mart in a town just south of me (by 10 miles).
Either someone is being VERY bold with a sick sense of humor...or terrorists are probing...checking out evac and response times.
I know what you mean. My neighbor’s daughter is a Junior there, and many other friends have kids at A&M also.
This is mild compared to “swatting”, and will never go away. The first time people die in a bombing in which a warning had been received and ignored, the host site will be sued into oblivion.
I realized this one day when I was in Manhattan a few years after 9/11 for a seminar; I was asked to open my trunk by a parking-garage attendant to check for explosives. At that point I saw that these changes are permanent; they will never go away.
Once the armchair terrorist is caught, there needs to be another Aggie bonfire with the terrorist on top!
It seems that more and more of them are occurring when it's not final exam season.
I am not privy to the actual words in the threat so will not speculate whether or not the evacuation was "proper".
Mid-terms were last week.
The students were told to walk off campus as quickly as possible and get as far away as possible.
They probably don’t want the to get their cars because they would be stipuck in traffic on campus if everyone did that.
My son is a freshman there.
Terrorists don’t give warnings. Whatever this is it’s not a terrorist incident unless they are just probing
Plus, because of the nonspecific nature of the phoned-in threat, they can't legally ignore the possibility of a car bomb.
I work for A&M, but my office is about four blocks off campus, so I don't get the rest of the day off. Sigh.
Best source for official updates:
Yesterday, there was a bomb threat at UMass Boston.
Our granddaughter called and told us that they said a man was on campus claiming to have a bomb. She was able to get off campus in her pickup, and is now picking up friends who were not able to get to their vehicles and taking them to their homes. Traffic was already heavy as LSU fans and TAMU fans are coming in for the game tomorrow. Prayers, please, for everyone’s safety and that they will catch this loonie.
So far my son is just taking it calmly. He’s happy a class with a quiz got cancelled.
We’re in California, so I’m probably more nervous than him.
That's likely to get him on the suspect list. :-)
Thanks for posting the Code Maroon link.
It wasn’t OWS, that was Jim Quinn or someone else speculating.
I agree with you; call them on their bluff. Anyone who possesses a real bomb never announces it before detonating it. That only happens in movies.
Seriously, can anyone recall even one incident where a bomb threat ended up being related to an actual bomb? I certainly can’t.
Name of U of Pitt suspect is Adam Busby http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Busby
I think he is high on the list because he’s from California!
My best friend’s son is there. I sent her an emergency email.
Most likely some loser jihadist wannabe punk ass over here on a student visa.
Maybe trying to get people to stop believing the threats until a real one happens?
I’m going with idiot copy cats making prank calls. However, you know terrorists are keeping any eye on these and maybe starting to make the calls themselves. Once the schools and students get tired of it and don’t evacuate, then it’ll be 9/11 all over again. A few weeks ago, when the University of Texas at Austin had to evacuate, the students were milling around campus all unconcerned. After officals said they were going to investigate every nook and cranny, they declared the campus open again within less than two hours. There’s no way they could have given the green light on one building in two hours much less a huge campus.
Just read Easterwood Airport is shut down.
My Human A&P class suffered through bomb threats for every test. The instructor stopped it by sitting us down outside and handing us our tests. Didn’t have another threat during her test time again.
I think you’re right, for now. Yet, I still believe there are thousands of sleeper terrorists, hiding in plain sight here (Dearborn etc), just waiting for SHTF in the ME with Israel vs Iran, and they’ll get their “go orders” for “soft targets” in the US, Canada, Europe etc.
That site was working yesterday; wonder what happened? It’s got some great articles/facts/documents on it.
Have you gotten anymore information? One of my friends that lives in College Station is picking up my son.
My Aggie Network is alive and working today!!
Here’s the latest Code Maroon:
Events planned for campus this evening have not been cancelled. Facilities being searched to insure safety for those events. 2:30pm
Thanks to the FReeper that clued in the Mods for the status update to the title.
10/19/2012 9:49 PM
Jared Taylor is scheduled to speak at Texas A & M on October 23rd.