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February 4, 2013

College students 'all shook up'

AMERICUS, Ga. —  

Students at Georgia Southwestern State University had every reason to be scared.

First, the emergency notification system warned of a developing storm that promised severe weather would soon approach the campus.

About two hours later, the loud speaker blared out that a gunman was on campus and the university was in lockdown. Quickly, Facebook and other social media were ablaze with the report.

Any reports of panic, however,  were short-lived. The recent warning about the “gunman” was a mistake.  Instead, the system should have delivered a second storm warning, university officials explained.

The Safety Department attributed the mistake to human error.

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Details for this story were provided by the Americus (Ga.) Times-Recorder.

 

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