- Associated Press - Friday, September 14, 2012

HIRAM, Ohio — Hiram College officials gave the “all clear” and reopened their northeast Ohio school Friday night, after an hours-long sweep found nothing suspicious following a bomb threat.

College spokesman Tom Ford said the campus community was alerted that the school was safe.

“Nothing was found that was suspicious,” Ford said.

The college received an emailed bomb threat about 4 p.m. and ordered everyone on campus to evacuate. Ford said state and federal authorities were notified about the email, and safety teams with bomb-sniffing dogs checked the campus “room by room, building by building.”

The school said on its website that it continues an investigation to identify the person responsible for the threat.

“In addition to criminal prosecution, the college intends to take civil action on behalf of students, faculty and staff,” the school said.

Bomb threats also caused evacuations Friday at campuses in Texas and North Dakota. Ford said he knew of no connection among the three evacuations.

Hiram College is located about 35 miles southeast of Cleveland. The 110-acre campus has at least 55 buildings.

More than 1,300 undergraduate students are enrolled and about 800 live on campus, Ford said.

Ford said the college was fortunate the threat came in late evening, when many students were getting ready for the weekend.

“A lot of kids just piled into their friends’ cars and were out of here,” he said.

Others with no place to go went to a church and village hall off campus. Firefighters advised people during the evacuation to avoid the area.

The school said on its website that it remained committed to “a learning environment in which all are welcome.”

“The hatred and anger represented in the threatening email will not deter us from celebrating all members of our community,” it said.



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