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TODAY'S QUESTION: How do you think the university handled the lockdown situation?

Thursday, October 28, 2010 | 10:14 a.m. CDT; updated 11:21 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 29, 2010

The tweet from Worallknows read "Correction: University Hospital is on lockdown; gunman on the loose." A previous version of this story misstated what the tweet said.

At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday is when the rumors began to fly. Some students heard that there was a gunman loose on campus, others that shots were fired in the Virginia Avenue Parking Structure. Others even heard more extreme rumors such as that several students were shot and brought to University Hospital.

Of course, none of these rumors turned out to true. They likely stemmed from a tweet from user Worallknows, which read: "#911 *Correction: University Hospital is on lockdown; gunman on the loose."

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But after this tweet, the news spread like wildfire.

At 2:44 p.m., the MU News Bureau sent an e-mail to students that explained why the hospital was locked down and that police believed that the rest of campus buildings were safe. Also, according to the e-mail, the hospital was first locked down at noon.

The lockdown was also announced through a Twitter message and notifications on the MU Alert page and MU homepage. The university did not, however, use the emergency text message alert system.

Because of this, some students feel that the university did not do a good job of notifying students about what was happening on campus.

How do you think the university handled the lockdown situation yesterday? Do you think they should have reacted differently?


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