Search completed after Parkland bomb threat

By Angelina Cole

Parkland College has been cleared after an extensive search in response to a bomb threat to the college was made Friday.

College officials evacuated an estimated 5,000 students and between 500 and 600 staff members after the school received a bomb threat at 9:15 a.m. Friday. Two students found a letter near the library which implied the possibility of a bomb inside the building.

“Due to the wording of the note we felt that it was a credible threat,” said Sgt. Yvonne Meyer with the Parkland College Police Department.

In a coalition with the University Police Department’s bomb squad and the Champaign Police department, officers looked “in every nook and cranny” of the building for an explosive and found nothing, Meyer said.

Meyer said that threats like this are nothing unusual for a large campus environment.

“Every and any school has had these threats in the past,” Meyer said. “We’ve always had a plan but it hasn’t been used in a long time. It’s good to refresh ourselves with policies completely so we’re prepared for any emergency.”

The evacuation was very orderly and took about 30 minutes, Littleton said.

As of Friday, there were no suspects, said Jody Littleton, executive director of community relations for the College.

Parkland College reopened Saturday and finals are scheduled to begin Monday.

Littleton said that the college will continue to publish updates about the situation on Parkland’s Web site at www.parkland.edu, and she encourages anyone with information about the bomb threat to contact Champaign County CrimeStoppers at (217) 373-TIPS.

Whitney Blair Wyckoff contributed to this report.