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False alarm prompts UC emergency alert

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- University of Charleston officials sent an emergency alert warning students of a potential threat that later turned out to be a false alarm Wednesday.

A student had told a staff member that another student learned of an alleged threat of violence against the school at 4 p.m., University President Ed Welch said.

Students were told by email to stay in class while Charleston police investigated. Police talked to students allegedly involved and learned that no one made threats. No one was in danger and no one was arrested. Students were given the all clear to leave their classes about 15 minutes later.

Welch credited staff and police for rapidly responding.

"Isn't it wonderful knowing that in a period of about five or six minutes we were able to ascertain that there was not a cause for worry or concern?" he said.


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