EPD gives ‘all clear’ Sunday morning after Oxford College bomb threat | The Emory Wheel

2022-09-19 12:08:41 By : Ms. Joyce zhang

by Eva Roytburg | 10 hours ago | Crime & Breaking News, News, Oxford | 0

Emory University evacuated Oxford College’s Jolley Residential Center (JRC) for two hours Sunday morning due to a bomb threat, the Emory Police Department (EPD) wrote to the Wheel.

Oxford city’s Police Department (OPD) and the Newton County Sheriff’s Department assisted EPD with “directing the students to a safe location, traffic control and support,” OPD Chief Mark Anglin wrote in an email to the Wheel. 

The Henry County Police Department also provided a “bomb K-9” to search the building, Anglin added. 

Ultimately, no threat was found to the Oxford community, and Emory issued an all-clear at 12:04 p.m. EPD is handling the investigation, Anglin said. 

It is unclear as of Sept. 18 evening where the threat originated. However, one day ago, an anonymous individual posted “did anyone find the bomb hidden in jrc yet???” on YikYak, a social media platform where people can post anonymous messages visible to all users within a five–mile radius. 

Screenshot of a yikyak which alludes to a bomb in JRC. Eva Roytburg/News Editor

Assistant Vice President of Communications and Marketing Laura Diamond told the Wheel that the University could not comment on an ongoing investigation. 

JRC residents Kwoineh Joanna Haba (26Ox) and James Mallette (26Ox) said that the incident was handled as best as possible. Haba added that the threat made her nervous. 

“It was an unnerving, interesting way to start my Sunday morning,” Haba said.

News Editor | Eva Roytburg (she/her, 23Ox) is from Glencoe, Illinois, majoring in philosophy, politics and law. Outside of the Wheel, Roytburg is an avid writer of short fiction stories. In her free time, you can find her way too deep in a niche section of Wikipedia.