It was around 6:20 a.m. this morning morning when a UST employee received an email about a possible bomb in the library.
University president Dr Robert Ivany says after campus police secured the area, students, faculty and staff were told to leave the campus in the Montrose. Then the Houston Police Department swept the premises with bomb sniffing dogs:
“And then, about 9 o’clock or so, 9:15 we received a second bomb threat, which actually went through some other sources, ended up in the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, was relayed to the police, and this indicated that the campus itself. had a bomb threat. We then took the measures to actually shut down the university and sweep all the buildings throughout the campus.”
Five hours after the initial call was made, police determined the campus was safe. An all-clear notice was sent to faculty, staff and students at 1:30.
HPD Officer Richard Still says the bomb hoax is no laughing matter.
“We more than likely will track these people down and they will be charged with a terroristic threat. This is a serious offense, they’re threatening the university, or government or anything. We use these manpower hours, bomb dogs, etc here. They, more than likely we’ll catch these individuals.”
The crime of “making a terrorist threat” was enacted at both the state and federal levels after the terrorist attacks of 9-11. The university resumed classes and activities at 3:30 p.m.