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