Today was supposed to be a busy day. My schedule looked something like this:
- 8:00-10:00 Give econ lecture
- 10:30-11:00 Attend meeting with professor
- 12:00-12:45 Lunch date with colleague
- Afternoon: Attend seminar and meet with discussion group
Well, whilst giving the lecture this morning an hour and a half into the lecture a student yells out: “Hey, I got a text saying that they’re evacuating the campus! Someone mailed a bomb threat!” I instruct the students to be calm while I verify the information. Checking my email the top one reads “Get out of the building NOW”. In retrospect, a fire alarm would have been better, as I do not check emails or messages while teaching. Anyway, the lecture ended there, and everyone went out. So now it’s 11 am and I’m at home with my Korean books and a cup of coffee while the police is searching the campus. It’s the third time in two years that this happens at my campus, and hopefully it will once more prove to be no more than a sick prank by some idiot. But of course we must always take such threats seriously.