Normal activities resume at Princeton after morning incident; posted Monday, July 27, 9:52 a.m.
Posted July 27, 2009; 09:52 a.m.
Princeton University's Department of Public Safety has confirmed that there is no threat to the campus following an investigation that ended with the determination that an individual was walking on campus with a toy gun. After first notifying the campus earlier in the morning of an unconfirmed report of a possible weapon on campus, the University at 8:34 a.m. posted an "all clear" message to its home page, followed by a message sent to the campus by Public Safety.
Public Safety had received a call shortly after 8 a.m. from a University employee who reported that a student-aged male was walking near McCosh Hall toward Washington Road with an item resembling a weapon. Public Safety and Princeton Borough Police immediately began investigating and issued a campus alert advising that there was a report of a student with a possible weapon on campus. Instructions posted to the University's home page at 8:24 a.m. gave the following instructions: "Stay inside and do not go outside to travel to another building. Close and lock the doors and windows."
After searching the area and reviewing the witness statement, Public Safety and police determined that the item described matched that of a toy water gun, and the all-clear was issued, stating that Public Safety had confirmed that there was no threat to the campus, and that all members of the campus community can resume their normal activities.
Members of the campus community are encouraged to review the University's emergency procedures available on the University's Emergency Preparedness website.