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Bomb threat evacuates WSU dorm

PULLMAN, Wash. - A dormitory at Washington State University was evacuated early Tuesday morning after WSU police found a bomb threat etched onto the walls of a hallway. 

"Bomb at 1 a.m." was found on the walls of Stimson Hall, an all-male residence hall in the heart of campus. At least half a dozen swastikas were drawn on the walls near the threat, as well.

Campus police cleared the building, which was a mind-numbing experience for residents in a dorm known for its community.

It's something that Chijioke Emeke, who's head of the Black Student Union, and who has become a force against racism in all forms on campus, says is becoming all too commonplace.

“It's a downer and doesn't make this whole Coug spirit as genuine as it could be,” said Emeke.

She blames what she calls a complacent administration for allowing acts like this to be acceptable.

In response to Tuesday's events, Phil Weiler, WSU's VP of Marketing and Communication, said: “It was a really stupid thing to do, it was a really hurtful thing to do, it was really offensive, and it's a problem that we need to figure out.”

And whole police work to find suspects, and figure out whether or not this was immaturity or a hate crime, the university's stance is clear.

“People who feel like they need to intimidate people have no place on this campus,” said Weiler.

WSU police say they are asking anybody with information to give them a call. In the meantime, residents are all back in the building and all back to classes on campus.