Loras safety scare
By Kelsey Lansing
The Dubuque Police Department and Fire Department were notified by Loras College after a bomb threat was reported to the school staff.
Dubuque officials arrived on the scene and assessed the situation at the Miller Academic Resource Center. The Police Department conducted a search utilizing their K9 unit, and with no suspicious objects found the library was issued all clear at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25.
Molly Burrows Schumacher, the Assistant Dean of Students at Loras College said, “we had no reason to believe the threat was credible at the time of the incident, and police were able to quickly confirm this through use of K9 in the area.”
The threat found in the library was a “general note” that was placed in a book on the lower level of the library. However, it could not be told when the note was placed among the stacks of books or by who.
At the time of the event, Loras was also hosting an honor band event for middle schoolers from the local communities. This event was primarily located in the Loras College Fieldhouse, which the threat was not in the vicinity of that area.
Although it has been some time since Loras has been subject to a threat, there is a protocol in place when these threats do occur.
Schumacher said, “Our protocol worked as planned – the scene was promptly turned over to the appropriate officials and our staff followed the directions of the local emergency response team.”