Today, between the hours of 10:00-11:00 a.m., there was a campus wide alert on the Georgia Perimeter College Campus (Clarkston). While students were busy working on assignments, they were interrupted by GPC staff and security that there had been an Intruder Alert issued on campus and there was an armed gunman on the loose. Just seconds after the alert, the students were ordered to evacuate then abruptly, the alarm was called off and the students were told not to worry and that everything was OK. Many students have reported that they received a text message of the alert sent to their phones. Then business was back as usual. One student approached a GPC security officer and asked him what was the commotion all about and he replied: “It was a false alarm. They didn’t tell us until now. They told us to tell you guys that there was an Intruder Alert because there was an armed gunman on campus and then they told us to tell you that it was a false alarm.”
Why in the first place would they issue a false alarm to that degree, saying that there was an armed gunman on the loose? If there was a false alarm or a fire drill, why didn’t the school send out a notice to students?
About an hour later, something else strange happened on the other side of campus. The location was in GPC’s Student Union. A GPC security officer approached a student and asked her if she could go inside the girl’s bathroom because he suspected there was a female in the bathroom smoking marijuana. When the student asked the officer, why wouldn’t he go check it out, he responded, “Because you’re a female.” The student then replied, “So why not go get a female officer to check it out?” The officer ignored her question and began laughing.
Meanwhile, in the same building, a group of students gathered around a flat TV screen with a microphone to play a game of “Family Feud.” Half of the students at the school appeared to have no clue that there was even a threat to their safety which makes you wonder, HOW SAFE ARE OUR COLLEGE CAMPUSES that an Intruder Alert/Threat can be made and less than ½ of the students and faculty on campus are even aware of it?
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