Early Friday, April 1, at 5:15 a.m. an email was sent to all students and staff notifying that a bomb threat had been made for Armstrong Hall and Otto Recreation Center on campus resulting in the closing of those buildings.
The threat was reported to Mankato Public Safety at 11:22 p.m. on Thursday, which was followed by an immediate investigation by Public Safety and Campus Security as several police vehicles were seen at Armstrong Hall around Friday morning outside of the building.
Out of caution, the buildings remained closed until later that day with the Otto Recreation Center which reopened at 4 p.m.
An email was sent to all staff, on behalf of Interim Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Brian Martenson telling faculty members to communicate with their students about either class cancellations or online options. Employees who work in those buildings were also instructed to work from home.
University officials have been working with the Mankato Department of Public Safety that the buildings had been searched with nothing was found and determined that there was no risk to the public.
While the investigation is still open, two individuals have reportedly been identified and are cooperating with law enforcement.
Header Photo: Outside of Armstrong Hall early Friday morning were several Mankato Police vehicles. (Dylan Engel/The Reporter)
Write to Maxwell Mayleben at Maxwell.Mayleben@mnsu.edu