Texas A&M evacuates campus after bomb threat

Associated Press
Texas A&M evacuates its campus after receiving a campus-wide bomb threat;

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M University ordered all students, faculty and staff to evacuate campus Friday after the school received a bomb threat.

The evacuation order was posted on the College Station university's website as a "Code Maroon" warning. It directed those on campus to immediately evacuate by foot and to not use a vehicle. The school said all classes were canceled and the evacuation would remain in effect until further notice.

Texas A&M spokesman Lane Stephenson said the school received a telephoned bomb threat at about 11:30 a.m. The school posted on its emergency website shortly before 1 p.m. that the "investigation of threat continues."

Officer Rhonda Seaton, a spokeswoman for College Station Police, said her department was assisting with traffic control around campus but had no further details.

Lindsay Cochrum, a graduate student who works at student activities, learned about the evacuation from the university's internal emergency message system.

"A box flashed on my computer screen telling us to evacuate by foot... then we got a tweet" with more information, she said.

"No one was shocked per se ... it's fairly common to have bomb threats," Cochrum said, adding that people were on their cellphones trying to let others know they were OK, but no one was panicking.

Texas A&M has more than 50,000 students, according to the school's website.

Last month, telephoned bomb threats at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as ones made to campuses in North Dakota and Ohio prompted tens of thousands of people to evacuate. No bombs were found at any of those campuses.