Student Concerned About Evacuation Procedures Following Campus Lockdown

9:26 AM, Apr 14, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- While some NC A&T students told WFMY News 2 they felt safe and well-informed during a campus lockdown on Friday, others said they had a very different experience.

Christian Bowman was in class in the science building when the campus when into lockdown.

Bowman said a SWAT team pounded on his classroom door and told them they had to get out of the building, but they didn't give them any other direction.

"I went to get my car and pretty much every gate to get to a road to get off-campus was locked. And there were just lines of cars having to turn around and just go sit in the parking lot while there's a gunman on campus," said Bowman. "They told us to evacuate the building. but I thought a lockdown is supposed to be, 'stay in the building'."

Bowman said he waited in his car for nearly an hour before he drove across the grass and around a gate to get off campus.

Meanwhile, a student in class in a different campus building told WFMY News 2, at no point did she feel unsafe.

"Professor Fox told us to kind of move away from the windows. He closed the blinds. He kind of just talked to us and kept us calm," said Shelby Christie. "He handled it really well. And I was really proud and really relieved to have him there."

WFMY News 2's Lauren Melvin asked NC A&T Police Chief Glenn Newell what the protocol is when students are evacuated from a campus building.

Newell said in this case, the people who were inside the three buildings that were evacuated were all supposed to go to Aggie Stadium. However, in the craziness of the moment, there could have easily been a miscommunication.

WFMY News 2

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