REPORTED GUN PUTS SAM HOUSTON STATE ON LOCKDOWN

A short while ago Sam Houston State University was put on lock down for the library and South Dining hall. It was prompted by reports of a student with a gun. Moments ago the campus was removed from lockdown after they determined it was an  aerosol can. No injuries or arrests have been reported but text messaging around campus went from shooting to shots fire to people shot. THERE WAS NO SHOOTING OR WEAPON ON CAMPUS.

WE WILL BE POSTING INTERVIEWS WITH STUDENTS AND THE ADMINISTRATION LATER TONIGHT. A MAJOR ISSUE IS THE CATSAFE SYSTEM, THE SYSTEM TO NOTIFY MORE THAN 20,000 WAS NOT ACTIVATED UNTIL ALMOST ONE HOUR AND THIRTY MINUTES AFTER THE INCIDENT.

SAM HOUSTON HAS RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

Sam Houston State University police received a call Friday (October 22, 2010) mid-afternoon of persons on campus carrying guns.  The University immediately implemented its critical incident management plan. Police later determined that the individuals involved were students engaged in a “nerf ball” game.  I would like to compliment the cooperation, collaboration and response of the University PD and the other local agencies who responded.  In my view, the incident was handled well and we have identified in this “live” experience ways to improve our communication. We are grateful that this incident had a good ending.

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