By Daphne R
Officials at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) have announced that they have cancelled classes and closed the campus in lieu of the school receiving a bomb threat.
The university administrators received a letter that triggered the campus closure. Classes will be cancelled Thursday and Friday. Additionally, they have cancelled the basketball games scheduled for Monday and have relocated the games against Alcorn State University to a new location.
Both the main campus in Itta Bena and the Leflore County Civic Center are covered by the bomb threat and will be closed while all buildings are being swept. Classes are supposed to resume on Tuesday, January 21 following the scheduled closure on Monday for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
“Right now we are working through our emergency plan…we officially closed the university at 12 noon (Thursday),” said Maxine Greenleaf, director of communication and marketing for MVSU.
The bomb threat is being covered by several law enforcement agencies including the FBI and Greenwood Leflore County Emergency Management.
“The administration and our team have done a wonderful job making sure that student safety is first. The administration at MVSU is cooperating fully with state and local authorities. At this point the matter is being fully investigated by the FBI so this is an all out assault on three fronts,” said Tony Brown, director of Greenwood-Leflore Emergency Management.
There was no word from authorities as to the reason the bomb threat covers several days, however, Brown said, “I wouldn’t say this is a common occurrence but based on the information that we received,” the university wanted to take extra precaution.
Anyone with information regarding the bomb threat is asked to call university police at (662) 987-9517.
Source: Clarion Ledger
Daphne R is an experienced marketing and communications professional that provides social commentary, self-help, tips, and reports news of events that matter to African Americans.