Tarleton campus clear after bomb threat

By Houston Hall –

The threat that caused graduation to be delayed and relocated on the Tarleton State University campus Saturday afternoon has been eliminated, a university official says.

(Sarah Maben, Texan News Service)

Authorities scour Wisdom gym after reports of a bomb threat Saturday. (Sarah Maben, Texan News Service)

Police shut down the gym building shortly before noon after a suspicious object was found inside the women’s restroom.

Police have not disclosed details about the object. It was discovered around noon on Saturday – and a campus wide alert issued.

“The building has been secured,” said university vice president Rickey E. Richardson. “It’s all clear. Our security forces have gone through the building.”

The threat came one day after a gunman killed 26 people at an elementary school in Connecticut.

“After you saw what happened in Connecticut yesterday, you wouldn’t take something like this lightly,” said Breezey Clark, a  campus recreational center employee.

Police and firefighters from Stephenville also responded to the threat. A spokesman for the fire department said his officers assisted in securing the gym after the threat was discovered.

Jenny Cline, who was at the graduation ceremony Saturday, contributed to this report.

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