Reported bomb threat at Gould School of Law causes evacuations ‘out of an abundance of caution’

DPS and LAPD are investigating a reported bomb threat, but DPS said they don’t consider the threat to be credible

The Department of Public Safety evacuated the Gould School of Law building on Monday night after receiving a report of a bomb threat in the building.

A Gould employee received a phone call while working from home that said there was a bomb “at the school,” according to DPS Assistant Chief David Carlisle.

While neither USC nor any particular school on USC’s campuses were mentioned in the phone call, given that the employee works for the Gould school, DPS decided to proceed with an investigation into the threat and evacuated the Gould building.

“While we don’t consider it a credible threat…we decided out of an abundance of caution to go ahead and have LAPD respond and do a walk-through of the building,” Carlisle said.

When the walk-through is complete, Carlisle said students and USC community members would receive a TrojansAlert notification that the area is safe.

An initial TrojansAlert notification at 5:40 p.m. on Monday night said there was “police activity” at the Gould School of Law building. “No immediate threat exists but please, stay away from the area,” the message continued.