The Bush Library looked anything like the site of a terrorist threat Friday, but a reported conversation overheard in a Normangee supermarket between a group of Middle Easterners has set off investigations and security step-ups.
"We take all calls of this nature very serious," says Elmer Schneider, director of the University Police Department. "We do everything necessary to go into a logical progression of investigation to make sure that we exhaust all leads in trying to come to a resolution."
And as of late Friday afternoon, the UPD said those leads had, in fact, been exhausted, meaning their investigation is in the final stages. Bush Library officials declined to comment to us until the investigation is complete, but they say over the past few days, it's been business as usual.
"A niece of ours called us in Dallas/Fort Worth and told us of the threat knowing that we were heading this way to see the library," says Wanda Brown, who came from Florida with her husband to visit the library. "We decided we were still going to go.
As have a good number of visitors. More than 100 people visited the museum as of early Friday afternoon, and a few dozen more were expected to come through. That total is down significantly from 437 people who visited last Friday, but officials tell us that total included Aggie fans in town for the game and three school groups. For those visiting the library, UPD says every step has been taken to keep people safe.
"I won't expound on all the things we have done," said Schneider, "but I can assure you we have heightened security in these areas just as a precaution."
It's business as usual when the threats are anything but.