Student Charged in University Threats, Will Be Evaluated

28 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mississippi State used “Maroon Alert” to notify students of incident on campus.

Just minutes before the active shooter alert was activated, 19-year-old freshman engineering student Phu Qui Cong Nyguen allegedly called a law enforcement agency and said he was going to kill himself and possibly others on the school’s drill field.

Phu-Qui Cong “Bill” Cong Nguyen, a freshman at MSU from Madison, MS, was taken into custody by MSU Police after reports of an active shooter on campus. And according to MSU, Nyguen was arrested approximately twelve minutes that active shooter warning went out. “I think due the fact that we are 24 hours removed from the public execution of two reporters on television, they had a heightened sense of awareness,” Salter said. University spokesman Sid Salter told reporters the school issued the alert because Nguyen had posed a credible threat. “As an institution, we’re always going to err on the side of caution,” Salter said, according to the Starkville Dispatch. Richard Corey, who provides information technology support for the university’s engineering school, said he received a text alert to his phone, prompting him and about a dozen other people to lock themselves into the engineering dean’s office on the second floor of the McCain Engineering Building, which faces the Drill Field. “It was very tense, everyone was very nervous,” said Corey, who has worked at MSU since 2008. “It was difficult to accept the reality that this was happening in front of us.” Corey said he watched through a window as students were evacuated from the student union across the field, and then saw police cars pull onto the grassy area.

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