LSU orders evacuation over bomb threat
Published September 17, 2012
Sept. 17, 2012: LSU students wait for buses to take them off campus after a bomb scare. (The Daily Reveille)
Louisiana State University is urging all staff and students to evacuate its campus Monday after a bomb threat was reported.
"Please evacuate as calmly and quickly as possible," a statement read on the school's website.
Bomb threats were also made last week at the University of Texas at Austin, North Dakota State University at Fargo, and Hiram College in Ohio.
Capt. Doug Cain of the Louisiana State Police told the Associated Press that bomb technicians are on the scene and police are working with departments in other states to determine whether the bomb threats are related.
No specific location for the LSU has been identified and parish 911 had been called, the school said in a press release.
Classes at the school have been canceled, the Houston Chronicle reports.
“I was in the middle of taking a test and they walked in and told us we had to leave campus,” Andrew Arceneaux, an LSU student, told The Advocate.
Around 30,000 students and faculty attend LSU.
Traffic getting out of the campus is in a gridlock, as students are sitting in buses at a standstill, The Advocate reports.
LSU System President William Jenkins told the newspaper that he readied the school's emergency response systems after learning about the bomb threat.
“We hope it’s a hoax, but we can’t take that chance," he said.
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