COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Texas A&M University called for the evacuation of its entire campus after the school said it received a bomb threat.
The threat was phoned in sometime around 11:30 a.m., according to reporter Michael Oder KBTX. The caller didn’t specify a location so the entire campus was evacuated.
The school’s official Twitter account tweeted this message: “@tamucodemaroon: Bomb threat received for campus in general. Evacuate campus by foot immediately. Do not use a vehicle. “
Classes and activities were cancelled for the day, and students were asked to head north from campus.
“So far the evacuation is very orderly and very systematic,” said Jason Cook, just after noon.
With 50,000 students on campus and 5,000 acres, he said the evacuation was a challenge.
“We have a significant number of visitors here, given the LSU game this weekend, and tailgating had already started,” Cook said.
Cook didn’t want to comment on details about the threat.
Student Ashley Stonecipher spoke with us by phone as she evacuated.
“I was in class and they just had an annoucement over the P.A. to evacuate due to bomb threat and then I got a text message from Code Maroon... and now we’re all just walking off campus,” said student Ashley Stonecipher.
Student Colton Javicek was at work when he got the alert. He said everyone seemed calm as they left the campus.
“Yeah, it’s not bad. I’m sure it’s probably nothing, but you got to take it seriously,” Javicek said. “Hopefully it’s nothing, but you never know. People are crazy these days.”
Rick Howard with KAMU Radio said traffic was congested near the campus, but no other apparent problems with the evacuation.
Check back for updates to this developing story.