Bomb threat on CofC Campus

At roughly 11:15 a.m. this morning, a voicemail sent out to CofC students through the Cougar Alert system claimed that the College of Charleston has received a bomb threat that they “deem credible.” However, an actual bomb has not yet been found.

The CofC Twitter page as of 12:07 a.m. (photo by Courtney Eker)

The CofC Twitter page as of 12:07 p.m. (photo by Courtney Eker)

According to the Post and Courier, after receiving the call about the possible threat at 10:39 a.m., the College of Charleston Department of Public Safety as well as the Charleston Police Department began evacuating buildings on campus because of a potential bomb threat. Roughly 15 minutes after, an email was sent out through the Cougar Alert system on campus stating that “a bomb was found” and that the students of the College of Charleston needed to prepare for possible evacuation. Shortly after an email was sent out with a subject line that read, “Bomb Found on Campus,” the CofC twitter account tweeted the following statement: “A bomb has NOT been found on campus, but more areas continue to close. Please listen to officers and stay clear.”

The email sent out this morning through the College of Charleston Cougar Alert system, falsely stating that a bomb had been found on campus. A bomb has yet to be found, but buildings are continuing to be evacuated. (photo by Courtney Eker)

The email sent out this morning through the College of Charleston Cougar Alert system, falsely stating that a bomb had been found on campus. A bomb has yet to be found, but buildings are continuing to be evacuated. (photo by Courtney Eker)

There has been word of incorrect coding within the Cougar Alert system as the reason behind the incorrect report. Although more buildings on campus continue to be closed, it is unclear whether the college campus will need to be completely evacuated.

Senior Danielle Petroff was sitting in class in the Tate Center when an alarm went off and policemen with M-16’s came running through the halls.

“They funneled us out of the building,” Petroff said. “I thought there was a shooting, I had no idea what was going on.”

The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety is currently declining to give out any more information, and the College of Charleston twitter account maintains that there is nothing new to report at the moment. Five buildings on campus–including Beatty Center, J.C. Long and Liberty Residence Hall–remain closed until further notice.

President McConnell has also issued an email to the students and faculty of CofC confirming that there has not been a bomb found on campus, but that the police are still treating the situation as a bomb threat. At 11:55 a.m., another voicemail was sent out telling students to stay inside if they haven’t evacuated the campus yet.

 

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Courtney Eker is a junior Political Science and Spanish double major, with a minor in Communication. Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico (s/o to the 505), Courtney can be found explaining the geographical differences between New and normal Mexico to confused southerners. Courtney finds joy in petting strangers' dogs and talking baby language to strangers' babies on King Street. Courtney fills any possible spare time with her duties of being the Editor in Chief of Cisternyard News, a Chapter Founder/Leader of the not-for-profit organization Nourish International and a Peer Facilitator for Freshman Year Seminar courses. She holds in her heart a warm place for Cambodia, her two dogs Dudley and Joey and sandwiches from Persimmon Cafe.


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