A&M students react to University's response to incident near campus

Students told WAAY 31 they didn't learn about what was happening steps away from campus until about 45 minutes later.

Posted: May. 3, 2018 6:06 PM
Updated: May. 3, 2018 6:44 PM

A large police presence near Alabama A&M's campus had students on edge Thursday.

Students told us the University didn't tell them much about what was happening along Meridian Street.

Police told us one person went to the hospital after being assaulted in a fight, and during that altercation shot were fired.

"We live next to school but I've never seen so many police just going and going and going and going," said Nakia James a student at the University.

She didn't know what was happened around 11:15 a.m. Thursday.

Another student told us she was in the school's gym when police responded nearby, and almost everyone in the gym was unaware of what was happening just down the road.

"People were just acting as if they hadn't heard the news really. People were just standing around waiting in line," said Kaylyn Anderson another student.

About 45 minutes later both students told us they were sent an email.

It states there was no active shooter on campus, and that a victim in the incident was located.

Anderson told me the University's delayed response allowed time for rumors to spread.

"Well I see how rumors spread. Someone told me he got shot," she said.

The students told me they were confused as to why no message was sent until the incident was over.

"Before there was like no phone or no type of notifications through the apps or anything. It was kind of confusing and scary what was going on," said James.
James told me the university's lack of explanation about what happened so close to campus is not typical.

"They notify us about tornadoes and rainstorms and there is a power outage. So it would make sense if they let us know if something really physical was going on," she said.

The University's spokesperson told WAAY 31 because the incident didn't happen on campus they didn't contact students as quickly as they would have if it was.

However, students told us they hope the University changes their policy in the future.

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