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Bloomsburg University in Pa. Closes

October 10, 2001

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) _ Bloomsburg University closed its campus for the rest of the week after receiving two bomb threats.

University president Jessica S. Kozloff ordered all students and employees to leave the campus Tuesday afternoon and locked down all campus buildings.

University spokesman Jim Hollister said school officials consulted with state police and the governor’s office before making their decision.

``What they counseled us was that these threats were of a credible enough nature that we needed to take them seriously,″ Hollister said. ``If a decision seems extreme and leans to that side, we feel a lot better about it than the other way.″

Kozloff said each building would be searched and the campus would reopen on Monday.

Students who live on campus were allowed to stay in the residence halls, but were encouraged to go home.

``At first everyone was cheering because classes were canceled, but then some people started to get nervous,″ said Rorey O’Connell, a freshman from Verona.

Bloomsburg, about 135 miles northwest of Philadelphia, is a public university with about 7,500 students, mostly undergraduates.


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