Michigan State emergency alert error causes campus shooter scare

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thousands of Michigan State University students and community members received a scare Tuesday evening when the institution's emergency alert system incorrectly warned of a campus shooter.

The university sent out the following message at 6:10 p.m. via text and email:

"THIS IS AN EMERGENCY MESSAGE from MSU POLICE, DO NOT HANG UP. There has been a shooting incident at Wilson Hall. Take shelter in a locked room. Monitor www.msu.edu; Public Media."

At 6:45 p.m., a corrected alert was issued:

"The MSU Police accidently sent a message of an active shooter on campus. THERE IS NO ACTIVE SHOOTER ON CAMPUS.....THERE IS NO DANGER ON CAMPUS"

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