ISU increases security following bomb threat

By Denise Jackson

August 21, 2013 Updated Aug 21, 2013 at 6:54 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. --Illinois State University Police are looking for the person responsible for placing a hand written bomb threat inside a bathroom in Schroeder Hall on Tuesday.

Getting inside Schroeder Hall was a bit more chaotic than usual on Wednesday and the heat did not help.

ISU staff and security warned students at the southeast corner entrance that backpacks, purses and briefcases would be checked. It is not the kind of greeting Freshman Jennifer Moore expected.

"I was a little worried at first. I knew they would take care of everything and everything would be okay. I knew if it was a prominent threat they would cancel classes," Moore said.

"I thought it was kinda scary experience for a freshman," said Freshman Kayla Outten.

ISU spokesman Jay Groves said police are describe the situation as a low to medium level threat.

"They have done several sweeps of the building and found nothing. A lot of activity on social media," he said.

There are several entrances to Schroeder Hall but for now ISU officials say access will be limited to just two. That means a longer wait than usual for students going to class there.

"This school really doesn't have that big a history of like violence and stuff. So I really wasn't worried about it but I understand," said ISU Sophomore Antonio Farley.

Another student protesting the searches said he does not understand it.

"I'm not afraid of a bomb. I'm not really afraid of a warning such as that, but to actually sit here and see liberty being infringed upon that's more of a fear for me," said ISU Senior Ryan Tempel.

ISU officials said for now the sweeps and security searches will continue, adding the person responsible for the bomb threat could face federal charges and university discipline.