Feliciano School of Business Evacuated Following Reports of Suspicious Package

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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.

Students stand outside the building in the rain waiting for the green light from the police.
John LaRosa | The Montclarion

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.

A college police officer patrolling the halls of the Feliciano School of Business.  John LaRosa |  The Montclairon

A college cop patrolling the halls of the Feliciano School of Business.
John LaRosa | The Montclarion

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.”

Jash Patel was in the lobby when the alarms went off.  Emma Caughlan |  The Montclairon

Jash Patel was in the lobby when the alarms went off.
Emma Caughlan | The Montclarion

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.”

Mario Gatica felt safe despite the evacuation.  Emma Caughlan |  The Montclairon

Mario Gatica felt safe despite the evacuation.
Emma Caughlan | The Montclarion

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.

Emsley Dorce was happy to leave his class but said he still felt nervous.  Emma Caughlan |  The Montclarion

Emsley Dorce was happy to leave his class but said he still felt nervous.
Emma Caughlan | The Montclairon

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 surround the Feliciano School of Business. John LaRosa | The Montclarion

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.”

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