USM included in bomb threats to Mississippi colleges; police say ‘all clear’

The University of Southern Mississippi was one of 12 confirmed university and college campuses...
The University of Southern Mississippi was one of 12 confirmed university and college campuses across Mississippi to receive bomb threats on Thursday, July 28. The threats, all determined to not be credible, came one day after 13 similar threats were made at Alabama campuses.(Source: WDAM)
Published: Jul. 28, 2022 at 4:04 PM CDT
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is the latest school to confirm they were targeted in a string of bomb threats made to multiple Mississippi college and university campuses.

The University Police reported that USM officials received notice of a bomb threat on Thursday, July 28. However, the threat did not reference a specific campus or location.

An investigation determined the threat was not credible, and police cleared all campuses to continue regular operations.

“Although the threat was false, an investigation is ongoing to identify and prosecute the source of the call,” reads a statement from the USM Office of University Communications.

So far, 12 colleges and universities in Mississippi have reported bomb threats. The impacted schools include:

  • Alcorn State University - Natchez Campus
  • Coahoma Community College
  • Hinds Community College - Jackson Campus, Vicksburg Campus
  • Holmes Community College - Attala County (Kosciusko Campus)
  • Itawamba Community College - Tupelo
  • Meridian Community College
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Bryant Center at Tradition, Jackson County Campus, Perkinston Campus
  • Mississippi State University - Starkville Campus
  • Northeast Community College - Booneville Campus
  • Northwest Community College - Hornlake, Southaven, Oxford Campus
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • William Carey University (WCU) - Tradition Campus

William Carey President Ben Burnett issued a clarifying statement Thursday afternoon concerning WCU’s Tradition Campus.

“The Tradition campus was not specifically mentioned in the threat,” Burnett said. “It was the local community college, and out of precaution, the (Harrison County) Sherriff’s Department searched the Tradition campus as well. No direct threat was made to the Tradition campus.”

The threats to Mississippi campuses came just one day after the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency reported at least 13 bomb threats at colleges and universities in Alabama. Law enforcement has cleared all locations in both states.

The FBI has taken over the investigation. No suspects have been identified or arrests made concerning any of the threats.

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