Bomb Threat Causes Chaos at College of Charleston

February 11, 2015

The College of Charleston was partially evacuated Tuesday following a bomb threat that turned out to unfounded.

A caller reported two bombs on campus, one in a residence hall and one in the student center, according to local media. Students were evacuated from those buildings and classes held in the surrounding area were canceled for the afternoon. 

Police announced about 4:30 p.m. that the campus had been cleared and no bombs were found. But that followed a lot of confusion earlier in the day. The college sent out an alert that a bomb had been found, then sent an alert a few minutes later saying that police were still searching the campus. The college said the false alert was caused by a college dispatcher who misunderstood the police department's codes.

Students and faculty on social media also were upset by the college’s communication of the bomb threat, criticizing the college’s emergency protocol and delayed decision to cancel classes. One student posted: “Has anyone figured out how to stay sheltered and go to class at the same time? I’m dying to know.” Here’s a collection of reactions posted to social media and compiled by The Post and Courier

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