Email was the technology of choice chosen by the Virginia Tech administration to alert students to the gunman, still on the loose, during yesterday’s bloodbath at Virginia Tech.
Here is the text of the emails that were sent to approximately 36,000 students and staff, starting at about two hours after the initial shooting of two students in a dormitory hall:
A shooting incident occurred at West Amber Johnston earlier this morning. Police are on the scene and are investigating.
The university community is urged to be cautious and are asked to contact Virginia Tech Police if you observe anything suspicious or with information on the case. Contact Virginia Tech Police.
Stay attuned to the www.vt.edu. We will post as soon as we have more information.
A gunman is loose on campus. Stay in buildings until further notice. Stay away from all windows.
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Virginia Tech has canceled all classes. Those on campus are asked to remain where there (sic) are, lock their doors and stay away from windows. Persons off campus are asked not to come to campus.
In addition to an earlier shooting today in West Ambler Johnston, there has been a multiple shooting with multiple victims in Norris Hall.
Police and EMS are on the scene.
Police have one shooter in custody and as part of routine police procedure, they continue to search for a second shooter.
All people in university buildings are required to stay inside until further notice.
All entrances to campus are closed.
Do you think this was the right way to warn students? What about students who didn’t check their email? Let us know what you think.
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