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STATEMENT OF MSU PRESIDENT MARK E. KEENUM

MSU News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 6:11pm

“Today, our usually placid Thursday campus routine was interrupted by a frighteningly real threat of violence. Fortunately, our MSU Police, the Division of Student Affairs, and our Crisis Action Team were able to manage this threat and the outcome was that no one was injured, no shots were fired, and no gun was found to have been used by the student making threats against himself and others.

“But something else happened today. We tested procedures designed to protect all of us through our Crisis Action Team responses. Those responses and protocols worked and worked successfully. And they worked because by and large, our students, faculty and staff knew what to do and knew how to react.

“I have directed the Provost to make sure that our faculty are as lenient as possible with regard to the attendance policies so no one is unjustly penalized with regard to class absences. I have also taken steps to make sure that we offer appropriate counseling to any member of our MSU family who desires such assistance.

“Tomorrow, our Crisis Action Team will return to the table to examine what we learned during these tense hours and how we can use that knowledge to make us all even safer tomorrow. But for now, let’s all be thankful for the safe resolution of today’s unfortunate incident and keep our eyes firmly on our business here at MSU – learning, research, and service.”

 

MSU President: ‘Safety of our Students is Paramount’

MSU News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 6:02pm

By Sid Salter, 601-507-8004

STARKVILLE, Miss.--At a late-morning press conference today, Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum praised campus and local law enforcement for their “swift response” in apprehending a student who made threats to harm himself and others.

“We take all incidents like this very seriously, and I’m glad to report that there was no weapon found in this incident and no shots were fired,” Keenum said. “Our campus is safe.”

Keenum commended the MSU Police Department, the Division of Student Affairs, and the university’s Crisis Action Team for their handling of the tense situation.

“The highest priority I have as president of this university is the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” said Keenum. “We are always, always going to err on the side of caution in protecting our most precious resource – our people.”

Law enforcement officials at Mississippi State arrested Phu-Qui Cong “Bill” Nguyen today (Aug. 27) on the Starkville Campus at approximately 10:26 a.m. near the university’s McCool Hall.

Nguyen will appear in court to face charges of disorderly conduct and has been referred to a medical facility for routine mental and psychological evaluation. Rice said the investigation into the incident by MSU Police was ongoing.

A call came in to MSU Police from the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol at approximately 10:10 a.m. revealed that a student on the Starkville campus was threatening suicide in addition to threatening to do harm to others.

Keenum said: “The incident Wednesday morning in Virginia is a reminder that institutions such as ours must be vigilant and be prepared to respond as we did today – swiftly, decisively and without hesitation to protect our students, faculty, and staff.”

Despite the disruption on campus, Keenum said his “thoughts and prayers” are with all impacted by this incident, including the suspect’s family.

MSU issued a “Maroon Alert” notice at 10:16 a.m. Nguyen was taken into custody ten minutes later. Chief Vance Rice said MSU Police was grateful to all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies who responded immediately and assisted in arresting the 20-year-old freshman computer engineering student from Madison.

Assisting MSU in the incident were the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office, the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, Starkville Police Department, the Miss. Emergency Management Agency, the Miss. Department of Health, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Classes resumed under normal conditions at 2 p.m. Thursday.

MSU Student Association President JoJo Dodd said, “We are certain now that our Bulldog Family is safe. We are reminded in these times of the commitment we have to each other and this community that we share.”

The Mississippi State University Student Counseling Services are available to support any students who need assistance.  The center is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., for walk-in appointments and counselors are on call 24 hours a day.  Services can be accessed by calling 662-325-2091.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a transcription of the call received by MSU PD from the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol alerting MSU to the potential active shooter.

Transcription of the phone call from Miss. Highway Patrol to MSU Police:

MHP: Hey, Tina. Quinton Williams. I’m with the MS Hwy Patrol. You guys are aware you are going to possibly have an active shooter on campus at this time?

MSU: No. I had a suicide call from Jackson saying the guy was suicidal at Carpenter Hall. What was she (the caller) saying to you?

MHP: Well, she was saying the guy was going to actually shoot others as well as himself. He’s, at this point, in Carpenter Hall.

MSU: Did she say what room?

MHP: She did not say what room that he was in, but they still have her actively on the line as we are speaking now. The subject’s name is Bill Nguyen. He is going to be an Oriental male. Does that help any?

MSU: MSU to all units, we have a possible active shooter in Carpenter Hall. This is not a test. Vietnamese male. Do not know what floor.  Just know he’s a Vietnamese male by the name of Bill. This is not a test.

Should media show on-air killings?

Health - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 5:21pm
After the on-air Virginia killings, media organizations struggled with whether (or how much) to show of the incident. CNN commenators weigh in.








Categories: Health

Al Jazeera America loses another female executive

Business News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:50pm
Al Jazeera America has parted ways with another top female executive, the latest in a string of high-profile departures this year at the struggling news channel.








China's shrinking copper appetite is killing US jobs

Business News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:36pm
China's insatiable appetite for metals like copper is falling off a cliff. It's destroying prices of raw materials.








Dow sets a 2-day record, finishes up 369 points

Business News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:30pm
The U.S. stock market bounced back on Thursday and made history.








Former Apple CEO John Sculley debuts new smartphone

Business News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:29pm
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Hail State Hoops Season Tickets On Sale Now

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:17pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A new season of Hail State Hoops is coming, and fans can catch all the action as season tickets for Mississippi State's 2015-16 season went on sale this week.

Season Ticket Sales Underway For Men’s Basketball

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:59pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Bulldog Club Members ranked in the Top 5,000 looking to become new season ticket holders for men's basketball can begin purchasing tickets beginning Sept. 1.

F1 boss: Women 'don't want to take responsibility'

CNN World - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:48pm
Formula One has traditionally been a man's world but, with more women now involved in the sport, could we see an unexpected change at the top?








Categories: International News

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Business News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:38pm
After five years of square-shaped tyranny, Instagram will finally allow users to post portrait and landscape photos and videos.








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Business News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:56pm
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First on CNN: Prominent ISIS recruiter targeted in airstrike

CNN World - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 1:55pm
The U.S. military and intelligence community is in the final stages of confirming that a U.S. drone strike this week killed Junaid Hussain, who is linked to the Garland, Texas, cartoon contest attack, CNN has learned.








Categories: International News

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Business News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 1:48pm
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Business News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:55pm
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Business News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:25pm
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Business News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:17pm
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McDonald's supplier fired for alleged animal abuse

Business News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:10pm
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