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Locals react to MVSU bomb threat

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Updated: 1/17 8:10 pm
ITTA BENA, Miss. (WTVA)-- Mississippi Valley State University gave the all-clear to students and faculty following a bomb threat earlier this week.

It led to the closing of the campus Thursday.

Local, state, and federal authorities swept the main campus in Itta Bena and the Leflore County Civic Center.

WTVA talked with a student and his father in Tupelo Friday following the evacuation.

Russell Brooks and his son Zack share a unique connection to Mississippi Valley State University.

Russell is the Northeast Mississippi Valley State Alumni Chapter President and Zack is a cornerback on the school's football team.

Zack says he was taking part in football workouts when he and his teammates got the news of a bomb threat while on their way to the school's cafeteria.

"When we heard about it my first expression was like are you serious?" Zack said.

That was Wednesday, and he says on Thursday it was time to leave campus. He says the school sent out emails warning students to leave campus as soon as possible.

"Like I said, it's better to be safe than sorry. And, we had to go on and get out quick because you know because they were evacuating the campus around 12:30 Thursday," said Russell.

According to Russell, out-of-state students were moved to a hotel as law enforcement checked the campus. 

"They were going to move them to a hotel in Greenwood. They were going to bring the dogs in Friday morning and do a room check and all of that," Russell continued.

School officials canceled a scheduled basketball game as well.
 
Russell describes the scene on campus when he went to pick-up his son.

"Bascially, we didn't get a chance to talk to anyone in particular. We just know that when you come through the gate they were checking everyone and going through your trunk to see if you had any explosives," he explained. 

Despite the ordeal, both men say they do not want this threat to be a bad reflection on the university.

"Bomb threats are something that occurs quite often. But, because of the way things are going on with the school shootings and all of those things you have to take precaution," he said. 

"They just want to make sure we are safe because we are there to get an education," said Zack. 
 
School officials have canceled classes at Mississippi Valley State until Tuesday.

Meanwhile, local, state, and federal authorities are still investigating the incident.
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