Spokesperson says emergency alerts effective

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A Ball State spokesperson said she believes the emergency planning system warning students of a potential gunman this morning worked quickly and efficiently.

Joan Todd, executive director of public relations, said the multi-tiered system includes text messages, emails and digital signage thoroughly brought the information to students.

“Our number one priority is student safety," Todd said. "We acted out of an abundance of caution."

Kayla Aaron, senior public relations major, said she feels the emails worked well.

I think that the emails were fine, because it included the information that was necessary,” she said.

Todd said there was a report of a white male with medium build, wearing dark pants and a light jacket on the north side of Bracken Library, walking east toward Noyer Complex and Whitinger Business Building around 7:30 a.m. One emergency notification said the man appeared to have a handgun in his left hand.

The university issued an "all clear" around 9:30 a.m., which Todd said means police have searched and secured campus. She said the threat has been alleviated and students should resume normal activity.

“We sent out an emergency alert,” Todd said. “And once the police felt they had secured the area, meaning there was no longer a threat, it was lifted.”

Seeking more information, Aaron said she called the university's main extension, whose representatives connected her with marketing and communications. 

“Everything just seemed very up in the air as if Ball State did not want to say we were on a lockdown,” she said.

Adam Baumgartner contributed to this story. 


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