The MSU Police Department has concluded its investigation of Sunday's online threat. There is no imminent danger to the campus community.
Thank you all for information, assistance, and patience during the investigation. Monday classes will proceed as scheduled.
An online threat to Midwestern State University's campus that had social media abuzz turned out not to be a dangerous situation, according to MSU Chief of Police Dan Williams.
“It appears to be a hoax,” Williams told the Times Record News shortly after 12:30 a.m. “The investigation continues, but we are confident there is no more threat tomorrow morning.”
Williams said the name that surfaced online making the threat “is a victim himself. It was one of those situations where one person put themselves off as another individual.”
Williams said the MSU Police Department was assisted by the Wichita Falls Police Department, who received the initial call at 9:15 p.m. that an online threat against the university had been made.
The Texas Rangers and FBI inquired also about the threat and have offered their services.
“They told us their resources are at our disposal as the investigation goes on,” Williams said, mentioning the FBI’s in-depth resources on tracking IP addresses.
Before 11 p.m. Sunday, @MidwesternState released two tweets a minute apart mentioning a threat that was being investigated by Midwestern State police and the FBI.
But by roughly 12:20 a.m., @MidwesternState responded by tweeting “there is no imminent danger to the campus."
The second one read: “Thank you all for information, assistance, and patience during the investigation. Monday classes will proceed as scheduled."
Local media outlets began picking up the story when @MidwesternState posted two Twitter messages a few minutes before 11 p.m.
The first one read: “ATTN: You may have seen some posts about a threat. The MSU PD and FBI are investigating this.”
The next one read: “If you have any leads, please do not post them here. PM me or call MSU PD immediately. Please remain calm and try not to start any hysteria.”
Less than an hour later, those tweets were deleted from the @MidwesternState Twitter account. Several MSU students on social media commented that they wouldn’t be attending school on Monday.