UPDATE: MSU Threat Determined To Be A Hoax

Updated: Feb. 10, 2014 at 8:19 AM CST
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Officials continue to investigate a threat made against Midwestern State University, but have determined it to be a hoax.

The following is an updated statement sent out by university officials Monday morning:


Here are the facts we have from the police investigation:

The UPD determined the threat to be a hoax.

While the UPD is in fact still investigating, it concluded that there is no imminent threat to the campus community.

The FBI was not involved in the investigation.

It appears the person whose name was initially associated with the threat is a victim of the incident himself.

Because of the significant amount of concerns being raised through social media channels, two MSU Postmaster messages, titled MSU Safety Advisory, were sent to the campus community. The first was to acknowledge that the university was aware of the situation and taking action. The second was to inform the campus community that there was no imminent threat to the campus.

The same information was distributed through our official social media sites.

At the time of the second release, we understood the investigation to be concluded. In fact, the investigation is still pending.

Questions have arisen as to the use of an MSU Alert message. As are the guidelines of the university, the MSU Alert system is only used to distribute urgent and emergency information from university officials. Had officials at any time declared campus safety as compromised, an MSU Alert message would have been distributed giving appropriate safety information.

Thank you to the many who sent messages to the university through various channels to notify us of the potential threat.

Again, your safety is of utmost importance to this university and a matter we take seriously.


Newschannel 6 will continue to follow this ongoing investigation and bring you any updates.