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Text Alert System Worked Well After Shooting Scare At OU

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"The emergency text went out three minutes after we received the first call," said OU President David Boren. "The emergency text went out three minutes after we received the first call," said OU President David Boren.
NORMAN, Oklahoma -

As you would imagine, there were some tense moments on the OU campus earlier Wednesday. Reports of shots fired prompted the school to go on lockdown. Texts and social media spread the word instantly.

OU President David Boren and his staff got the news around 11:15 this morning. They were told a shooter may be inside Gould Hall.

"The emergency text went out three minutes after we received the first call," said Boren.

1/22/2014 Related Story: OU President: No Evidence Of Shooting On Norman Campus

 

That call came in from a faculty member. Boren had university police put out the emergency text message. The campus was immediately put on lockdown.

"We can never take these kinds of reports lightly. The faculty member did exactly the right thing," Boren said. "All systems worked well."

News 9 was told by university officials, emergency text messages were followed by emails, phone calls, and post to OU's social media pages. The university's website was also continually updated with new information.

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