Some SC State Students Say They Weren't Notified of Shooting

6:34 PM, Jan 24, 2014   |    comments
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Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) - Some students at South Carolina State say it took a while for the school to notify students about an on campus shooting.

The shooting took place Friday afternoon outside the Hugine Suite dorms. Related Coverage: 4 Suspects Wanted After Student Shot

Word quickly began spreading among students via social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Many of them told News19 they were frightened when they started seeing the status updates.

However, while the shooting happened at 1:30 p.m., the school did not send out a notice via Twitter or Facebook until 3:14 p.m. A student told News19 he did not receive an e-mail or text alert until that same time.

A former student told us that she found out much earlier through a twitter account run by students on campus.

It's not clear when the school officials made the decision to lock down the university's campus.  Campus Police Chief Mernard Clarkson said the alert was issued as soon as possible.

"As soon as we got the information, and determined that it was an ongoing imminent danger to the university community, we started relaying the information through the appropriate emergency mass communication systems that work well here at the university," Clarkson said when asked by News19 about the response.

Nearby Claflin University was also placed on lockdown for about two hours.


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