threat at Antioch College
Around 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, an Antioch student living in Mills
Hall received an on-campus telephone call saying that there was a bomb
in the building. When the student asked if the call was a joke, the male
caller replied that it was not. Within minutes, the Yellow Springs Police
Department, Miami Township Fire-Rescue (MTFR), Antioch Security and Dean
of Students Patricia Whitlow were alerted and on the scene.
After being asked if the threat was a joke, the caller repeated the threat,
then hung up. Students went to the next building over to phone the police
(many of the student phones are intercampus only) and then walked back
to Mills to start waking up others in the hall. When the first police
officer arrived, several students were already standing outside.
Police and the squad combed all of the buildings common spaces,
including closets, facilities rooms, common rooms and bathrooms and found
nothing. Students rooms were not searched. According to MTFR Chief
Colin Altman, students individual rooms were not searched because
students would obviously recognize if they had received or found
anything unusual in their own rooms.
Meanwhile, students who lived in the dormitory waited in the residence
hall next door.
Students handled the situation very well. They were exceptionally
cooperative and helpful. And that means a lot when youre woken up
at five in the morning, said Whitlow.
At approximately 6:15 am, students were told that they could reenter the
building. The Yellow Springs police are now investigating.
Michael Hogan Jr.