Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Delta State University will be reopen its campus beginning tomorrow, April 26 at 8 a.m. Following a complete sweep of the campus overnight by law enforcement officers with trained dogs, the Delta State Police Department announced they found no suspicious devices anywhere on campus. The DSU Police were aided in their search by external law enforcement agencies trained in bomb detection.
“We will continue to perform targeted sweeps of buildings and there will be a police presence on campus tomorrow. We have given safety the highest priority,” Dr. John M. Hilpert, President, stated.
“We are fully committed to finding and prosecuting the individual or individuals responsible for this crime. This was a threat against our institution and we do not take that lightly,” Hilpert added.
To that end, Delta State University Foundation is offering a $5000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons responsible. Anyone with information can call the Delta State Police Department at (662) 846-4155 or the Cleveland Crimestoppers number at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
The Delta State campus shut down Tuesday afternoon following series of bomb threats found in Kent Wyatt Hall, Roberts-LaForge Library, H.L. Nowell Union and James Ewing Hall. Police collected close to a dozen computer-generated threats posted in the four buildings and also received one call from an unidentified person reiterating the same printed threat.
The threat called for an immediate evacuation of campus, stating a bomb would go off Wednesday and Thursday.
The Delta State University Police Department, in conjunction and cooperation with local law enforcement, are currently pursuing numerous leads. No arrests have been made at this time.
The Delta State cafeteria is open to those students still on campus, and faculty and staff wishing to gain access to their respective offices/academic buildings may do so today by setting up an appointment with the Delta State Police Department. Escorted entry will be allowed between 3-5 p.m. today.
Additional information will continue to be posted to the Delta State website at www.deltastate.edu, as well as the University information line at (662) 846-INFO (4636).
More details will be released through the Office of University Relations as they become available.