A loaded magazine was found in a backpack that had been left after class Wednesday in Weiss Hall, said Ray Betzner, assistant vice president for University Communications.
Around 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, a professor picked up a backpack in a classroom which had been left after class and found a loaded magazine inside, but no gun, Betzner said. The professor immediately contacted Temple Police who were able to identify the student who the backpack belonged to.
The male student claimed that the backpack and the magazine were his and he produced a permit to carry a weapon matching the ammunition, Betzner said. The student has been referred for violating the Student Code of Conduct which prohibits ammunition from being brought on campus.
No TU Alert or Advisory was issued because officials concluded that at no time was there a “threat to students or campus,” Betzner said.
These findings disprove earlier rumors on social media that a gun had been found in or near Gladfelter Hall – the same place where a threat referring to the 1999 Columbine High School shooting was found scrawled in a bathroom in March. Another Columbine-related message was found in Gladfelter on Tuesday, but officials said they are not viewing it as a threat.
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