‘All Clear' Given at Dallas Baptist University After Threat Phoned-In to Campus Police

Dallas Baptist University says the campus is "all clear" after a threat received by campus police prompted an evacuation Tuesday afternoon. 

Around 5:30 p.m., the university tweeted a security sweep had been completed for all buildings and rooms. The university was locked down for more than four hours after receiving a bomb and "coordinated armed" threat.

At 1:06 p.m. Tuesday, the university announced they were evacuating campus immediately.

Chief John Shaw with campus police confirmed the threat was received by phone at campus police dispatch, but further details were not disclosed.

The university consulted with Dallas police and the FBI before making the decision to evacuate campus out of an abundance of caution, Chief Shaw said. 

"At this time, we’re working in partnership with the Dallas Police Department to sweep the campus building by building, room by room," Shaw said Tuesday.

The university serves about 4,700 students, with roughly 2,100 living on campus. Those who were not able to leave immediately were moved to the Burg Center. 

Debbie Kraska was among other parents who waited across the street from campus on the corner of Kiest Boulevard and Merrifield Road. Her daughter is a freshman at the university.

Kraska's daughter sent her a text of what was happening before she drove to the campus. She said as a parent, situations like these are always concerning but she felt "fairly confident" everything would be fine.

"It’s a great school, and I think they will handle this well," she told NBC 5.

Campus will resume operations as normal on Wednesday, the university said.

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