A suspicious device was discovered this afternoon in the Library
on the Gulf Park campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.
The device was discovered in a book bag that was left unattended
in a computer laboratory located in the Library. University administrators
were immediately notified and the Long Beach Police were called
in to investigate.
scene at the Long Beach campus are Provost Jay Grimes, Chief Operating
Officer Ken Malone, university security, fire and police personnel
from Long Beach, Gulfport and Biloxi, and other law enforcement
students and personnel were asked to leave campus.
of buildings on the Long Beach campus and the Hattiesburg campus
began immediately upon notification to the administration. Those
security sweeps are ongoing. There is reason to believe that this
is an isolated incident.
personnel are currently investigating the device to determine its
contents. More information will be made available to the media as
it is verified.