The Feliciano School of Business was evacuated on the afternoon of February 3 due to a report of a suspicious package found in the building.
University police cleared the building and the Montclair State University community was notified almost instantly via RAVE alerts. The package was later identified as a harmless sports bag.
Jash Patel, a young business administration student with a concentration in marketing, was in the lobby when the alarms went off.
“There was a voice [over a loudspeaker] saying, “There is an emergency in the building, please evacuate,” Patel said. “I was confused at first because I didn’t see any evidence of fire, but the fire alarm was going off.”
Mario Gatica, a young hotel, sports, events and tourism specialist, was in the building when the evacuation was ordered, but said he never felt unsafe.
“It’s a safe school, and the police do a good job of making sure it’s safe,” Gatica said. “So I wasn’t that worried.”
Emsley Dorce, a young business administration student with a concentration in business analysis, was in class when the alarms went off and said he felt more than fear.
“The fire alarm went off and [I was in a boring class]”, Dorcé said. “I was a little happy but scared at the same time.
A similar incident occurred during the fall 2021 semester when panic spread across campus over a rumor that someone carrying a gun entered the Feliciano School of Business. The “gun” was eventually identified as photographic equipment.
University Police Deputy Chief Kieran Barrett praised those who reported the bag and encouraged others to do the same when they see anything suspicious.
“I have to mention that people did the right thing here,” Barrett said. “If you don’t know the person [or] don’t know what it is — then you can call us. We will find out.”