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MSUM Reaction to NDSU Bomb Threat

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While students at NDSU were trying to stay safe this morning during a bomb scare, students across the river were questioning their situations at MSUM and Concordia.

MSUM student, Clay Schwartzwalter, says, "Just a scary thing, that's exactly what it was, a scary thing."

While the situation was tense at NDSU, across the river, many had no idea.

Schwartzwalter says, "I didn't find out, I had classes this morning, and I came home and my dad was listening to it."

But by afternoon, Schwartzwalter says word of the NDSU bomb threat had quickly spread throughout MSUM and Concordia's campuses, and so did the emotions.

Schwartzwalter says, "It causes an uneasiness that people want to do that to you and people will go as far as to joke about that."

MSUM's Director of Communication, David Wahlberg, says, "You've got to make sure people on campus know what you're doing and why."

While many teachers frown upon using cell phones in class, these can be a life saving tool.

"There's no one way you can use to reach everybody, and so you have to have lots of different ways to push those urgent messages out," says Wahlberg. He adds that in a similar situation to NDSU's, MSUM would have sent out a mass message to email, voicemail, text message and on the campus website. Today, they sent out an email, letting everyone know their campus was safe and the situation was being watched.

Schwartzwalter says, "You always think of the worst and, especially 3 days after we remember September 11th, me and my dad were both thinking 'today is September 14th, do we have to remember this day now?'"

Classes at both universities in Moorhead held normally scheduled classes during NDSU's bomb threat.

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