Safety Concerns After Second Threat At Auburn


By Alabama News Network

The Haley Center, which houses classrooms and the bookstore, was evacuated this morning after a bomb threat was found written on a bathroom wall.

This is the second threat in less than a week at Auburn.

Auburn Police found out about the threat around 8:30 in the morning.

Students were asked to keep their distance as officers swept the building.

But after the threat of a shooting last Wednesday, some students are growing concerned.

"Two threats in two weeks, it's kind of discomforting to us Auburn students. With both of these threats there's been rumors that they knew about it hours beforehand. It makes us concerned, it makes our parents concerned. Why aren't we hearing this as soon as possible?" said Auburn student Amanda Foster.

"Anybody could question some of the moves they've made in the past week. But I think in hindsight it's better safe than sorry," said student David Sanderlin.

Tim O'Shea is an instructor with the university that was inside when the building was evacuated, but he says he still feels safe.

"Colleges get threats like this. And they rarely pan out to be anything terrible. But I think the university has done a good job making sure everyone is safe," said O'Shea.

Students and faculty were notified with an AU alert by text, phone call, and email.

"It's a nuisance to have to evacuate the building. However, anytime you're talking about safety of students and employees, you have to take those threats seriously," said Mike Clardy, the university's director of communications.

Auburn Police are still investigating if the two threats are connected.

"Well, certainly there's no way of knowing that for sure now but you can't rule it out. But we certainly don't have anything that says this is related to that. Obviously the timing of it is concerning, but at this point we're still trying to put those pieces together," said Police Chief Paul Register.

The Haley center was reopened just a little bit after 12:30 today.

The university and police are offering a 10 thousand dollar reward for any information leading to the arrest of those involved.

You can call Auburn Police at 334-501-3100

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