Midwestern State University police say it was over an internet chat room where a threat was made that everyone at the school would be shot.
Worries regarding the threat are dying down now, but conversations about how the university brought information to the students' attention are not.
Traffic is light in the halls of Midwestern State University.
“I just came out of a class and there were about a quarter of the people in there, but most of them sent an email just saying they didn't feel safe coming in today,” said Gavin Bell, an MSU student.
All because of a threat made over the internet. The threat saying at 9:30 Monday morning everyone at Midwestern state would be shot.
The threat claimed to have been written by a current student at the university, however authorities say after investigating, that was not the case at all.
“We are very positive that the individual did not send that threat. He has become a victim or a target himself,” said MSU Chief of Police, Dan Williams.
At this time campus police are calling the threat a hoax, but continue their investigation. Meanwhile, many students are concerned about how they found out about the threat..
“I found out about them through social media and friends texting me. Even friends from different universities texted me about the issue,” said Clayton Brown.
The university did post information on its Facebook and Twitter accounts, and eventually mass emails were sent, but students say no official alerts or notice were posted on the university website.
“The university never came out with an official statement on their website but they did post something about the weather so I thought that was a bit slow in coming,” said Bell.
However, university officials defend their actions saying they only use emergency alerts for situations they believe pose an immediate threat.
“At the time the threat came in and we were made aware of the threat last night and we began that initial investigation there was not that immediate threat to the university at the moment at that time,” said Police Chief Williams.
Police say they are tracking the identity of the individual who made the threat. They say because some of the chat rooms where conversations took place are based in Europe, that's making things a lot more difficult.
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