Threat to TMU campus deemed hoax


The Campus of Truett McConnell University was secured Wednesday after an email that made threats of violence prompted a large-scale security response.

The email was sent to more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide. The message included threats of an active shooter and the use of explosives.

“A coordinated effort with law enforcement, public safety, and campus staff enabled the campus to be efficiently secured and cleared safe,” said Cleveland Police Chief Jeff Shoemaker in a news release.

After responding to the campus around 11:17 a.m., authorities determined the threat was not credible and declared it a hoax.

“The Cleveland Police Department continues to work with campus officials and the matter remains under active investigation. Police said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Georgia Homeland Security were among the agencies that responded to the incident,” Shoemaker said.

Other agencies involved in the emergency response included Truett McConnell Security, the Cleveland Fire Department, White County Fire Department, White County Emergency Management, and White County EMS. All agencies coordinated their efforts during the incident, which led to an efficient resolution, Chief Shoemaker said.

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