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Mar 9, 2011 4:13 PM by David Ortiviz

Anxieties high after threats made at CSU-Pueblo

It appears threats made at CSU-Pueblo Tuesday caused enough panic to keep some students home today. There was a larger law enforcement presence on campus today, where classes went on as scheduled.

Yesterday the university found a note in the student center which threatened a bombing and shooting might take place on campus today. The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office beefed up patrols and the FBI was notified, although the university says there wasn't an imminent threat.

In wake of the threats, anxieties were running high. "I guess if I didn't know about it, I would just be walking around like normal, but since I found out about it I'm kind of scared for my life. I don't know what's going to happen," Yazmin Perez, a student at CSU-Pueblo.

"We made several notification and we did that not to scare them or cause panic, but so they would be more aware of their surroundings," Jason Turner, director of environmental health and safety at CSU-Pueblo.

On the university's Facebook page several students implied they were afraid to go to class and decided to stay home. "Just reading through people's Facebook posts and people's Twitters definitely people are scared today and they have decided to stay home. I think a lot of people are disappointed the university didn't close, but I support the university and what they did--they've been very open," said Steve Titus, president of the Associated Students' Government at CSU-Pueblo. "I absolutely feel safe, according to our data, CSU-Pueblo is one of the safest universities in Colorado," he added.

Coincidentally, this is safety week at CSU-Pueblo. Today the security personnel held a seminar about what do to if there's an active shooter on campus. About 20 students and staff members attended the seminar. Turner told them one of the best options in a crisis situation, is to find an exit and get out of the area of danger.

 

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