Suspicious Phone Call Prompts Pharmacy School Evacuation

Students and faculty at the Texas A&M Health Science Center's Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy evacuated the school after a suspicious phone call advised everyone to leave the building.

Students and faculty at the Texas A&M Health Science Center’s Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy evacuated the school after a suspicious phone call advised everyone to leave the building.

Dean Indra K. Reddy, PhD, told Pharmacy Times that the call occurred around 10:30 AM on February 2, 2016.

The research associate who picked up the phone said the caller warned that those inside the building should evacuate. The caller did not provide a reason why.

“Within minutes, campus officials promptly evacuated the building, and classes were cancelled for the afternoon,” Dr. Reddy said.

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Police Department, the City of Kingsville Police Department, and the Corpus Christi Police Department bomb squad and K-9 unit responded to the call.

After the police found no suspicious activity, faculty and staff were allowed back into the building at 2:30 PM. Classes resumed on February 3, 2016.

“Ensuring the safety of our faculty, staff, and students is of the utmost importance, and we are pleased with the prompt and well-coordinated response,” Dr. Reddy said.