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Lockdown, suspicious package had UI freshmen 'scared' on first day of class

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

It was a windy and wild Monday as hundreds were forced outside to see police tape and dozens off law enforcement officers around Jessup Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Jessup was on lockdown for several hours after authorities say a male student was acting “erratically” around 11 Monday morning.

Police won't tell KWWL the name, age, or grade of the UI student.

“Grounds to be scared however, this is not the first time it happened since we've been on campus,” said freshman Clare Mitchell.

Just a week ago there was another suspicious package found on campus near the library.

Mitchell and other freshmen say they were not expecting something like this to happen on the first day of classes, but they say the school handled it well because they received the Hawk Alert.

“It was kind of scary,” said freshman Ellie Paxson. “I had to walk around because I had a class down from the hill.

Police they got two calls of “a male student behaving erratically” just minutes of each other in two campus buildings.

The description in both calls matched, and police reported to the scene.

Authorities will not tell us exactly what the student did to classify his behavior erratic, but campus and city authorities took serious action.

“Then the alarms started going off so that's when we knew it was kinda maybe more serious,” said Cody Hodson who was inside Jessup Hall.

Officers arrived on scene and immediately the student was in custody, but left a backpack behind in the president’s office, forcing authorities to take more action.

The Johnson County Bomb Squad was called out and they used a robot to determine the contents of the backpack were not dangerous.

Three hours passed and the lockdown was lifted.

While police won't give us the name or age of the student behind the campus incident, they tell us he was taken into custody and taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Across from the Pentacrest, authorities also searched Phillips Hall, but there was no evacuation there.

Police had dogs swept Phillips Hall as a precaution.

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