Friday, September 14, 2012

Bomb threats lead to evacuations at University of Texas, North Dakota State University

Thousands of people streamed off university campuses in Texas and North Dakota on Friday after phoned-in bomb threats prompted evacuations and officials warned students and faculty to get away as quickly as possible. No bombs were found on either campus by early afternoon it was not clear whether the threats were related.

The University of Texas received a call about 8:35 a.m. from a man claiming to be with Al Qaeda who said he had placed bombs all over the 50,000-student Austin campus, according to University of Texas spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon. He claimed the bombs would go off in 90 minutes and all buildings were evacuated at 9:50 a.m. as a precaution, Weldon said.

The deadline passed without incident, and the university later issued advisories saying all buildings has been cleared and were reopening by noon. Classes were canceled for the remainder of Friday, but other university activities were to resume by 5 p.m.

North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani said 20,000 people also were evacuated from his school's main and downtown campuses in Fargo after the school received its bomb threat Friday morning. Officials did not immediately release details about the North Dakota threat and its evacuation remained in place by early afternoon.

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  1. That idiot Koran-burning pastor, that rightwing nutball named Klein, and that goofball Coptic Christian Ed Wood filmmaker are all responsible for this and the deaths of the US ambassador in Libya, for his dead co-workers, and all the deaths in the Arab world due to the riots. Those three men need to be found and publicly humiliated.

    1. Any contributions made by people who incite, arm, pay and train the murderers, or even the murderers themselves?

  2. Maybe an argument for online learning? Nah, they'll just hack the servers instead. That requires a bit more expertise than phoning in bomb threats, but I suspect such expertise is available out there somewhere.

    I'm not generally given to thinking that God throws thunderbolts, hurricanes, etc. at those with whom He is displeased, but if some sort of natural disaster were to befall the idiot Koran-burning pastor (and perhaps Fred Phelps -- please!?!), I just might be tempted to perceive the hand of divine justice in the whole thing. A bright light, temporary blindness, and conversion to the cause of peacemaking and ecumenical understanding would also do nicely.


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