Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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January 23, 2014

Report of campus shooting tests university’s emergency response system

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“The report came from a faculty member who reported they thought they had heard three shots fired,” Boren said. “At this point, we have we found no evidence that three shots were fired. No one saw anyone who was described as a potential shooter. It seems more likely it was other sounds that the person heard that could have sounded like shots.”

Boren said the emergency text was sent out three minutes after the faculty member called.

“We alerted people to avoid Gould Hall and seek immediate shelter. As far as we can tell, the entire campus responded. From our point of view, it was very reassuring that all systems worked well,” he said.

After about 45 minutes, Boren lifted the campus-wide lockdown and confined the perimeter to Gould Hall.

“You can never take these kind of reports lightly,” Boren said. “The faculty person did exactly the right thing. We do know there is a lot of construction work going on near the building. Heavy equipment. That might have been the noises heard. That’s just speculation. The person was very sincere in feeling they heard three shots.”

The president was asked if his opposition to allowing students to carry weapons on campus had changed since the incident. Oklahoma lawmakers have considered legislation to allow students to carry weapons on university campuses.

“I think what happened today shows that the most unwise thing in the world we can do is put guns in the hands of all the people on campus,” Boren said. “First of all, when the SWAT team comes to a building, and they are trying to protect our students, how do they know whether it’s a good person or a bad person? I think the most dangerous thing is that some of those people may be waiving weapons and get shot.

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