JPD deputy chief on threatening note found on campus: ‘This appears to have been a hoax’

The Jackson Police Department has completed a sweep of all the buildings on campus and announced it is safe to return after a bomb and shooting threat this morning.

“This appears to have been a hoax,” said Barry Michael, deputy chief of the JPD.

Faculty may return now, and students may start returning at 2 p.m. Only faculty and students may come on campus, and the JPD will maintain a presence at the entrances for about an hour.

Safety and Security officers will remain at entrances through the night.

“We still have investigators out here trying to determine who left that note and trying to get to the bottom of what started all this,” Michael said.

The campus was evacuated after a note including a threat was left in a “heavily populated” area.

At 8:39 a.m. JPD received a call from Union officials stating a note of a potential bomb and shooting threat had been received, Michael said. The JPD could not confirm where the note was found.

Bomb experts, SWAT teams and additional patrol officers swept each building on campus to look for any type of explosive device or potential suspects, Michael said.

The investigations division interviewed possible witnesses to find the person who left the note.

See a statement fromUniversity President Dr. Dockery posted this afternoon at

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