Friday 19 January 2018

Students filming video project led to lockdown of leading US university

Arkansas State University Credit: Google Maps
Arkansas State University Credit: Google Maps
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

A US university went into lockdown earlier today after men with guns were reportedly seen on campus.

The incident occurred shortly before 2pm this afternoon (local time) at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

Reports of a number of men wearing black and carrying weapons near the Student Union were made to campus security.

Students and staff were advised to remain indoors and campus buildings were cleared while the incident was ongoing.

According to Jonesboro police department, an initial investigation found no gunmen, and the department reported hearing no shots.

A statement from Arkansas State University later revealed that the security alert was a false alarm.

"Apparently students were filming a video project near the Union, and costumed actors were reported as possible campus intruders," read the statement.

"These students have been located and interviewed by University Police Officers. As a result, it has been confirmed that there was no gunman on campus."

Chancellor Tim Hudson expressed the university’s appreciation to all law enforcement personnel who responded so quickly to the perceived threat.

Today's lockdown was the second at the university in the last three months.

A man with a shotgun drove onto campus last December 10. However, the incident ended peacefully as the man eventually surrendered.

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