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.
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.”
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.