BREAKING: Assumption College is Being Evacuated Due to Bomb Threat
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Assumption College is being evacuated on Tuesday night as a precaution as a result of the College receiving an email threat about a bomb on campus. The college is removing all students, faculty and staff and relocating them to WPI.
The college issued the following:
11:10PM - The College has received an email indicating the threat of a bomb on campus. Local law enforcement are working with campus authorities to investigate the matter. The College is taking this matter seriously and following protocols. All students are currently safe; additional Assumption College officers will be on campus throughout the night and tomorrow.
College administrators are on campus and will begin collaborating with local law enforcement upon their arrival.
11:55PM UPDATE: In consultation with law enforcement, as a precautionary matter, the campus will be evacuated so a search may commence. Classes are cancelled for tomorrow.
STUDENTS WITH VEHICLES ON CAMPUS
Students who live near campus and have vehicles are advised to go home. If a student can house friends, they are urged to do so.
STUDENTS WITHOUT VEHICLES ON CAMPUS
Students without vehicles will be transported to Harrington Auditorium at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where they will spend the evening.
PARENTS WHO WISH TO PICK UP STUDENTS
Those parents who reside near campus and would like to pick their student up may do so at Harrington Auditorium at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Directions & Parking to WPI
Park Avenue Parking Garage at WPI GPS directions: 161 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA From I-290 Eastbound: Take Exit 17 (sign says Route 9), go up the exit ramp, take a left onto Belmont Street. Go 1/4 of a mile straight through Lincoln Square. Belmont Street becomes Highland Street. Turn right onto Grove Street and follow to first light. Take left onto Salisbury Street. WPI Park Avenue Parking Garage entrance is up on the left. From I-290 Westbound: Take Exit 18 (sign says Route 9), go down the exit ramp. Take a right onto Lincoln Street, then an immediate right onto Concord Street. At second light, Concord Street becomes Salisbury Street. WPI Park Avenue Parking Garage entrance is up on the left.
Assumption College Residential Life Staff will track those who depart campus – students are urged to email, text or call their RA or RD. All students will be provided safe shelter for the night.
Related Slideshow: Worcester Crime Trends and Lack of Police Transparency
Heroin Overdose Epidemic
After a spike in heroin overdose deaths - nine suspected in the first week of August alone - the city of Worcester declared a public health advisory. While the city works to combat the issue, many questioned if the efforts were too little, too late, especially when Police Chief Gemme announced that the Police Department - after six months of training - still wasn't carrying Narcan.
Gemme Highest Paid City Employee
While crime has certainly been an issue in the city of Worcester, the police force is certainly being paid well. As reported by the Worcester Telegram, Police Chief Garry Gemme topped the list of highest paid city officials, earning a gross pay of $199,430 in 2013.
Worcester Crime Still Spiraling
According to a nationwide crime survey of America's cities by Congressional Quarterly, Worcester slid into the bottom quartile of the most crime riddled cities. Worcester ranked 306th out of 400 qualified cities in regards to crime.
Worcester: 7th Worst Crime Rate
When the FBI released their 2012 crime data, many took notice that Worcester had the 7th worst crime rate in all of Massachusetts. Worcester had a total of 1,758 violent crimes, a mixture of murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults.
Gemme Violates Social Media Protocol
Police Chief Gemme took to his Twitter account to personally attack GoLocalWorcester.com saying, “Prediction.. GoLocal will go defunct before the new recruit class graduates and the new officers will have a long and secure career with WPD.” This comment violated the city's social media policy, barring defamatory remarks and personal attacks.
City Councilors Call For Gemme's Removal
A group of nine city councilors had called for the removal of Police Chief Gemme in March of 2012. City Councilor Lukes at one point had even called out Gemme at a city council meeting, urging him not to create conflicts with local news media.
- MA’s Most Violent Cities and Towns: FBI Crime Data
- Travis Rowley: The Hate-Crime Hoax–A Liberal Pastime
- Worcester Districts Debate Efficacy Of Pricey Crime-Fighting Tool
- Tom Finneran: The Crime of the Century
- Worcester Residents: Crime #1 Issue in the City
- Worcester Emerges As Leader In Handling Juvenile Crime
- Crime-Counting Controversy on New England’s College Campuses
- Worcester Crime Stats Mask Problem Areas
- Leonardo Angiulo: Changes on the Horizon for Crime Scene Investigation
- Budget Hearing In Worcester Zeroes in on Crime Lab Scandals
- Arthur Schaper: Victimless Crimes in the Bay State
- Crime in Worcester Spirals Higher in Latest National Ranking
- Worcester Crime Trends and Lack of Police Transparency
- Crime and Drug Prevention Targeted by Worcester’s National Night Out
- Crime is Worcester’s Plague - Gemme Goes Silent
- Worcester Safety Group Demands Answers for Spike in Violent Crimes