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Incident at MVC triggers alarm as precaution | Campus officials pleased with response to incident

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

UPDATE: Two men arrested Monday night, Jan. 18, in connection with this incident have been charged in Saline County Circuit Court. Maurice Earl Jackson, 19, and Oluchukwu Michael Wogu, 18, both of Marshall were each charged with misdemeanor possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana and misdemeanor unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Marshall police responded to the Missouri Valley College campus shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, after receiving reports of an altercation possibly involving a gun.

Police Chief Mike Donnell said a group of people were involved in an argument and one man took something that appeared to be a gun from his pocket and ran away.

Police later discovered that the weapon was a BB gun.

The report that a gun might be involved was what prompted the college alarm system to be activated, Donnell said.

"It was a safety precaution," he said.

Police and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers located individuals who allegedly were involved and two people were taken into custody.

Donnell said no fight apparently took place, no shots were fired and no one was injured in the incident.

During interviews with students, police learned the identity of a suspect. Officers went to a house on South Conway Avenue occupied by four people. After receiving permission to search the residence, officers discovered two makeshift smoking devices, loose marijuana, an electric scales, a marijuana grinder and two CO2-powered BB guns, one of which "looked and felt like a real handgun," according to a police department news release.

One of the suspects was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon, and another was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

A probable cause statement has been forwarded to the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney's office, police said.

The college activated its crisis response plan at approximately 6:15 p.m., due to allegations of a weapon on campus, according to a news release sent out by e-mail shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

MVC campus security and the Marshall Police Department were immediately notified of the situation, and the campus was put on lock down. Two suspects were apprehended by the MPD at approximately 8:30 p.m., and the "all-clear" siren was activated.

As stated in the MVC student handbook,"there is zero tolerance for violent behavior or possession of weapons of any sort on campus," officials said.

"We are pleased with the cooperation of the Marshall Police Department and other authorities, our administration, and students, and the effectiveness of our crisis response plan," Dean of Students Heath Morgan said. "Our number one goal is the safety of our students, faculty, staff and all visitors."

MVC President Bonnie Humphrey said she, too, is pleased with the response of the administration and authorities.

"Dean of Students Heath Morgan and campus security reacted in a timely manner to ensure the safety of our campus community," Humphrey said. "We have worked diligently to train our faculty, staff, and students on campus safety and security as outlined in the crisis response plan. The local media, KMMO Radio and Marshall Democrat-News, did an excellent job of working with our administration and providing information to Marshall residents."

The crisis response plan, which provides information, guidelines and procedures to the MVC community, is available at http://www.moval.edu/student_affairs/doc....

The plan highlights definitions of emergencies and alert signals, emergency contacts, campus responsibilities, facility evacuation procedures, emergency procedures and more.

Installation was completed in January 2008 of a modular siren between Collins Science Center and Young Hall.

The installation of the siren allows security personnel to alert individuals on campus by using pre-recorded instructions and alerts along with high intensity warning signals. A wireless activation method of the messages and warning signals decreases the activation time during an emergency.

Contact Eric Crump at marshalleditor@socket.net

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Local-A-Rod: HAHAHHAHA I'm right there with ya buddy!! Thats too funny! Yes, cheerleaders with BB guns! I sure hope they were high when they pulled this crap! lol. At least this was good for a laugh if nothing else. That and we know the alarms work!! Perhaps if they had better leadership or accountability from their coach this may not have happened. Valley sure must have been in a bind when they hired her!

I know anyone on my team would never pull a stunt like this no matter what the circumstances bc we respect our coach and our team mates.

-- Posted by valleygirl01 on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 5:41 AM

Ok really.... people are freakin stupid. MVC does have campus security and they were there working with local law enforcement which by the way paidthecost did all the work not the Hiway POPO they just helped secure the area..... Its not mandatory for them to have a full time police force becuase they are a PRIVATE college GLOCK123 which means they don't have to do it till 2012.... and local-A-rod Friends of mine fo to MVC and they said there was only one rape victim... 2 suspects and they were arrested... If people don't know what they are talking about then they should stop freakin commenting.....

-- Posted by people are stupid on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 11:18 PM

Sounds like we have 2 more criminals walking the sidewalks of MVC. 2 rape victims over the weekend.. Any reports of that???

-- Posted by local-A-rod on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 7:52 AM

I could probably lump a few people into some catagories, and I bet the degree and the institution they recieved it from won't matter.

1. Lawyers who have nothing better to do than to post big words on a newspaper website, thesaurus close at hand.

2. People who take an oath to defend victims only to go back on that oath to defend their contacts and buddies(criminals)

3. People that actually spell out the sound of laughter.

I know its only three catagories but man, do they sum it up or what!

-- Posted by thisguy on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 2:41 PM

Jownby, You got a right to your opinion & all, but good grief, seems like yours is always running somebody else down. Reminds me of a comment made by that shining example of human kindness, Homer Simpson. "sometimes the only way you can feel good about yourself is by making someone else look bad."

-- Posted by taxedpayer on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 6:56 AM

Please JOwnby, could you tell which type of MVC student a Math Major is? It's just so fascinating for me to know how you fit 1400 students into 7 little categories.

-- Posted by Gracie May on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 8:10 PM

Replying to bmomma3

I think the college did a great job with what happenend Monday night . As for our town this place is Heaven compared to where my family moved from . Shootings every day and night . Gang fights every day at our elementary and High schools . The list goes on . If we had known how nice this town was when my kids were born 10 years ago we would have moved here sooner . We think this town is just fine .

-- Posted by ambsun on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 10:26 AM

As a student at MoVal I am very happy with the alarm system. I was across campus from where the alarm is situated, in my dorm room with my roommate watching TV and I with my headphones on, not to mention the window was closed, and we could still hear the alert. That is exactly why it is necessary for the alarms to be so loud, because MoVal just wants to do their best to make sure every student was safe if not informed.

As to those who would criticize the level of difficulty of the courses at MoVal, maybe it was just that particular course or major because I know my classes are not easy. And no, the classes are not hard simply because I am an average or failing student, I work hard for my 3.98 GPA.

Sure Valley may not have the most ideal campus and facilities, but what college does? There is always something you can find that is unsatisfactory. I love going to school at Valley and will bleed Purple and Orange the rest of my life!

-- Posted by Gracie May on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 10:21 AM

I think the alarm system was a good idea. Yeah people may have been startled at first, but in this small town with all the gossip everyone soon knew what had happened. I know that its better to be safe than sorry, especially with all the crazy school shootings that have occurred. It happens in small towns too people! So quit bashing Valley and its professors who have nothing to do with this. It isn't Valleys fault that a few of their students chose to make a big mistake. Valley does bring in alot of money to our community. I know also that they are trying to spruce up the college and the campus. Hell, if you all remember what the college looked like about 10 years ago when I was there you would think its a palace now! They are trying people, so attempt to take a little pride in your town and quit being so negative! I really am disappointed, and it makes me sad that there are always so many nasty and ridiculous comments on here....what is OUR town coming to people? Some of you just need to get up off your ***** and do something about it, but instead you're the ones that are sitting behind your computers with your stupid comments.

-- Posted by karma is real on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 9:26 AM

Thank You Mo Val for installing the siren to keep everyone safe. I was across town, didn't have a clue what was going on or that the campus had this. People are so upset because they have been taken out of their confort zone and wanted answers as soon as they heard it. Its like a tornado siren people, It blows, get to a safe place! Mo Val does not have the time to inform the public whats going on, they are trying to take care of business. If your kids are scared, keep them in a safe place. Marshall Police Dept. did a fine job! As well as Missouri State Highway Patrol and Wally's fine group of enforcement. They took the Crime off the streets of Marshall in no time! Be grateful this happened in this manner. I can't remember who said it, and I'm not taking the time to look back. You said that Mo Val needed campus police and this would have been resolved alot sooner, then you wanted to slam Marshall PD for having what you said was officers not as good as the highway patrol. Well what kinda low rent men are they going to find to be campus police. I havnt ever in my life heard anyone want to be a campus officer, they want to be Highway Patrol, County, etc. Be happy that MPD came out and suported the campus. No one was hurt and the sirens worked very well. People becoming scared also keeps you safe, you start thinking more about what could happen.

-- Posted by RedTruckRider on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 8:50 AM

Wow! This is cool!! Let me see if I have this right. All I have to do is register with this site, make up some ridiculous handle, and I can then proceed to complain about anything and everything, while being completely anonymous. Wow! How cool is this world we live in where there is no accountability? If you were unhappy with your experience, or your child's experience at Missouri Valley College, look in a mirror and you will find the problem. It is a college, not a high school, professors should not have to spoon feed you the information. But for now sit at your computer hidden by the walls of your house, that coincidentally is worth more because you live in a community that has a college, and continue bashing everything.

-- Posted by completelyhidden on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 8:41 AM


check into it but I think that the improvements done on MVC football stadium was funded by a donation given to the school from a certain individual. Therefore, that money couldn't be spent on quality food to make you happy.

-- Posted by local-A-rod on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 7:48 AM

I went to Valley for four years and just recently graduated. I do agree there are alot of things that need to be worked on there at the college, but I also feel that they do alot of things that are helpful and do play a big part to the area and to the students that go there. I did the right thing and I went there and graduated and have a job now to where i can send money back to the college so they can fix the things that need to be fixed, not sit on a computer a complain about those same issues. I'm also guessing that by the way your comment is typed that you either did not finish at Valley or did not get much out of it if you did. I worked for the student life program, and while it is not perfect it does try to make the most of the students time there by helping them out. Security has grown by leaps and bounds since from the time I started and from the stories I heard about the years before I got there. When you guys really want something to change, write a letter to the president of the college and tell her how you feel and not post a bunch of backdoor crap on the Marshall paper's site.

-- Posted by Movalfootball08 on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 5:35 AM

The referenced college crisis response plan is said to be available to students and community persons at a college web site: http://www.moval.edu/student_affairs/doc...

This article prompted me to look more closely at the plan, however I find find that document server is not functional:


Oops, that really needs to be fixed.

-- Posted by whatwasthat on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 10:29 PM

First of all, I do not think Valley forces anyone to attend their college. If you do not agree with MVC stay away and quit bashing them.

Second, Valley is attempting to improve and this is shown by the security system.

Third, I graduated from Valley and my family and I are doing just fine. I am using the degree I earned at Valley. This turned out to be a great choice for in my life.

Fourth, NBA and NFL stars get in trouble for guns also. You do not need to blame MVC for this incident as much as you should blame society.

-- Posted by valley grad on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 9:54 PM

Didn't the federal govt mandate that every college in the U.S. must have its own police force??????? I have heard that Mo val is putting this off and off because they dont want to spend the money. wouldn't this incident have been disposed of alot quicker if they would have had their own police force on campus!!!!!!

-- Posted by glock123 on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 9:46 PM

I have no doubt the Highway Patrol did a great job in all of this as for the majority of the work they are trained professionals. However the marshall police department is full of a bunch of jokers as for many small town police departments I've heard many crooked acts by the department. The Missouri Valley faculty however does nothing in any of this but throw the book at you and toss you into the real world there job could be done by anyone and all of you need to realize that.

-- Posted by paidthecost on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 9:08 PM

I've done all i could in my time at valley to let the head faculty know of the poor housing and food. Topics brought up by students are very rarely heard and never taken care of. I understand Moval may not have the budget to upgrade housing or to upgrade food, however due to the $24,000.00 schooling total and the very large sums collected in fines from students housing mishaps (holes in drywall, broken blinds, ect.) I find it hard to believe that none of the money can be spared to help students living and food arrangements. I also understand that their are "higher priorities" (upgrades to the football stadium) other than what students need more. With the upcoming nursing program coming this fall I hope Moval takes action to accomadate to there students.

-- Posted by paidthecost on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 8:54 PM

I take that back.. the BOTH were boys cheerleadering squad... No wonder they had a BB gun... HAHAHAHAHA

-- Posted by local-A-rod on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 8:41 PM

Pass it on, I'm with you. We live over a mile from the college and could clearly hear the alarm siren and recorded message, as well as the all clear when it was given. However, we didn't know what the heck this alarm was and our kids were freaking out. After about 5 minutes we heard on KMMO that it was the Missouri Valley alarm system, but no other information. It sounds like students got text messages, the contents of which I don't know, but it would have been nice for the community to have gotten some kind of information. When reviewing this incident and the system, perhaps Valley can come up with a way to communicate with the community as well during an emergency, since the whole town can hear the alarm. Hopefully there won't be a next time, but if there is, at least I'll know what the heck that alarm is.

-- Posted by Hombre on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 8:38 PM

Cheerleader and Runner???

-- Posted by local-A-rod on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 8:38 PM

First: Notworthmytime... if you pass your classes with a C grade or better, your classes will transfer. You must have been stuck with less than a C with your open book test.

Second: Have you people nothing better to do than ridicule one of the best things Marshall has to offer.

Third: Sorry, I bleed Purple and Orange and will stand on my pride.

Fourth: You all talk about protecting an athlete... Go to a big school and you will find out what that is all about.

Fifth: Go visit your county jail... my guess the majority of that population is NOT MVC students as your posts would lead one to believe.

Sixth: It happened... Get a Life!

-- Posted by golfer on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 8:30 PM

Sorry to break in on this delightful conversation, but did the PA system voice and sirens scare the socks off anyone else? I thought we were being invaded! Do you remember the movie Red Dawn? I thought that was Marshall last night. Thought the Commies were coming to get us! :)

-- Posted by Pass it On on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 7:45 PM

Go figure, Valley protecting an athlete...prob has a scholarship...it happens more than we know.

-- Posted by Scarpetta on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 7:16 PM

Shame on them two for wasting a golden oppurtunity away to be someone.....

-- Posted by cpcrazy21 on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 6:40 PM

U know I heard that alarm clear over here off 240 but, I thought that was good. you know why so, everyone knew there was a problem. GREAT JOB MO. VALLEY ON ALARM SYSTEM It not only warned of some kind of danger [whether real or not] but, I was warned and prepared. Take note look at are tornado sirens that half time you don't hear........

-- Posted by cpcrazy21 on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 6:38 PM

The sirens worked. They were loud but served the purpose of letting those on campus as well as in town know there was potential danger. In my opinion that is sucess.

The text alerts were received by many. If you did not get one please check into it. I was with my daughter and three of her friends when they all got thier messages.

Thanks to all the police, state patrol and all emergency personell for a job well done. Two arrested, not a bad days work!

If you the students don't like the living conditions then stop complaining and organize a revitilization poject to bring some new life to the campus.

College life isn't about how many parties you attend, it is about so much more.

-- Posted by litlmissme on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 6:09 PM

Everyone brings many sides to this forum. I feel that Valley does not enforce their zero tolerance policies hard enough. The campus housing is horrible. The bathrooms are never clean. They are no soap dispensers and paper towels. I have seen cockroaches in the bathroom. The dorm rooms themselves are flithy. Their visitation policies are very lenient. They will pretty much let anyone stay in there which is a BIG safety issue. They say that the girls dorm has a visitation schedule where memebers of the opposite gender may stay from 8pm - 1am then they are to be escorted out by the girl who invited them but I know that after 1am, the boys come right back in and the front doors are unlocked. Talk about a wreck waiting to happen. When I lived on campus, I would sometimes have to wait to use the restroom because a some guy would be in there. I'm just glad that I was able to move off campus when I had the opportunity to do so.

-- Posted by just a small town kid on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 5:37 PM

I know of many students that are happy with the education they receive. I have lived in the area of the college since I was a little girl & believe it to be a good campus. I enjoy hearing the cannon during football games & the frat houses do their chants end of summer. Things happen. The Students involved are to blame here not the school. The sirens were quite loud- put my household peering out windows too. They work!!! Always better to overreact than under. Great job to all officials for finding the people involved.

As for the text alert not working... maybe the error was on your part. Double check that you are signed up and if so help them find the fault in their system then next time it will work.

-- Posted by nomad on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 5:20 PM

FYI... MoVal does accept ANYONE, the cafe does serve food over and over, and some of the housing units the students live in are terrible. I know when parents bring their kids through to do tours only the best housing units are shown and then kids get there and they end up living in a dump!! And a five year old could get a 4.0 in that school. Have a great day!!

-- Posted by toesrcute on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 5:08 PM

there are more problems with that school then many people know. As for the alarms volume that was really loud i live out by the park on eastwood and heard it We had no clue what was going on til we called the police station. I like that the school has an alarm system but needs to be reagusted

-- Posted by mtshell08 on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 5:08 PM

i attended moval i know first hand sounds to me you have not been here long enough i don't think that crime there is that bad bu there has seen other gun problems not big deals but what is is the staff they hire and the condition of the place funny how we have to play so much but things aren't very well maintained there don't tell me you can possible think that a 400 level class can be buy a book and do open book tests every day u have that class as well as 300 level

-- Posted by notworthmytime on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 4:49 PM

First off realize that "stuff" happens, look at the world we live in today. Second, no there were no classes on Monday due to the holiday. Thirdly, I am a new student to MoVal and everything seems great I enjoy going to the school and have not encountered any problems what so ever!! Maybe people need to get their stories straight and get a life! Things happen on college campuses every day, just so happened this was in a small town so the word travels quick, sounds like most of the trouble was off of campus, maybe it is not MoValley you need to worry about but the community! As for you "notworthmytime" did you not get into college or what is your deal, get over it?

-- Posted by VALSTUDENT on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 4:34 PM

If u knew anything u would know that most credits don't transfer from valley so they lure u in lying how grat is is then blam ur stuck plus valley only cares bout how many kids they get in meaning more money no matter that they can't accomondate for that many kids the don't even have camras on the parking lots ask any student there nine of ten would say they do a poor job they accept anyone in that school and that is a problem when they don't have room for evryone they want to bring in and rember this is not the first gun problem it has had

-- Posted by notworthmytime on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 4:22 PM

If you hate Valley so much, why do you go there? If it's such a threat to your life, why don't you transfer? If the cirriculum is so effortless, why don't you leave? Thats like saying your food isnt fit for your dog and then eating all of it and licking your plate clean....Do something to correct the problems there if they really upset you! I'm actually impressed that they have this alarm system. I would rather be under a lockdown for someone carrying a BB gun than driving around town with a loony out with a real gun shooting whoever he sees.

-- Posted by speedfingers on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 3:53 PM

I definitely agree with you notworthmytime and bmomma3. This incident got some media attention last night. The news channel that showed the story has a viewing audience of at least 20 counties. Definite not good publicity for Valley that's for sure. I didn't even get the text message about the lockdown which students are supposed to receive regarding this type of safety threat. I learned about it from a friend who doesn't even go to Valley. This year had a record enrollment. That's all fine and dandy but when you continue to recruit below standard athletes who involve themselves in this type of behavior I have a problem. I'm not bashing the athletes at all. I was an athlete at one time and I'm all for students being involved in sports but when they are doing drugs, fighting, carrying weapons around, and being flat out immature and childish I see that as a problem. Aren't they supposed to be role models of the school and community? By the way the two male students that were arrested last night were on the cheerleading squad.

-- Posted by just a small town kid on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 3:18 PM

I agree with everything that notworthmytime has put and to show this i am boycotting the period button just to watch you all hate on me too however MVC is the worlds biggest joke for a college might as well just be an online school everything from the food on campus the housing and the faculty is just terrible the same food is served over and over again in the cafe there the housing is all in poor condition and if something breaks in your housing your more or less screwed due to a lack of consideration by the "maintance department" the faculty might as well pass out coloring books at the beginning of class and say color this and you get an A im really not suprised at all about the "gunman" he must of been a real threat with that BB gun and to quote a great movie "easy with that thing kid you'll put your eye out" too bad heath morgan had his safety goggles on cause hed look even more ignorant with an eye patch on thank god the students were warned though BB wounds are deadly in most cases when the alarm sounded it shouldve said danger put on safety goggles and fear for your life and i really hope to leave the bottom of the science center soon i was never informed that i could leave, been campin here all night looking for the dreaded BB gun sniper, give me a break!

-- Posted by paidthecost on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 3:12 PM

I'm glad that I'm not hte only person who basically thinks MVC is full of crap. And to paycloseattention ther are classes that late at night... And no my period button is not stuck and my grammar is just fine. I had a daughter on lock down at church practice last night and couldn't even get to her because I was informed to stay in the house. What is this town becoming????

-- Posted by bmomma3 on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 2:22 PM

just a small town kid u have it right on they need to admit that they can do more for the safety of this town and that campus this is not the first gun incendent that has happened all they care about is getting more kids in for the money when really the school is full to the brim already hence no parking and classes that are full to the brim this can only lead to trouble but as long as they still make there money they don't care

-- Posted by notworthmytime on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 2:12 PM

dixson03 has a good point. I also feel that there is a lack of accountability of the administration staff. I have seen this lack of accountability regarding unrelated issues on campus. They do not enforce the policies that they have in their handbook. ALM, there's an automated message from the alarm system giving students the all clear signal. I definitely agree that students should read the crisis response plan instead of brushing it off and thinking, "This would never happen here since it is such a small campus and town." Flummoxed brings up another good point. Many of the classroom doors, along with the windows, at Valley do not close properly. These non working doors and windows could provide an intruder easy access to the classrooms and put the faculty & students in danger if there was a serious incident. Thank goodness nobody was seriously injuried. It's a shame to see such immaturity of the students. You are in college. It's time to grow up and start thinking about your future.

-- Posted by just a small town kid on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 1:53 PM

what is this an essay for school and getting aggravated over someone who doesn't put a period in there comment is a little strange maybe you should seek anger management u want to see for yourself how messed up that school is go and see make sure u look in the dorms in the classes and the showers witch is infested with mold and tell me that you would want your kid to go there i know that my professors were not qualified to teach what the were teaching how is buying a book and taking an open book test every class qualify for a 400 level class

oh no another run on lets all go cry about it

-- Posted by notworthmytime on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 1:40 PM

wow u guys are so worried bout my grammar u fail to see the problem and for your info my period button is stuck so get over it if this was graded maybe i would care if u can read it u should just shut up about any spelling or grammar and take it for what it is and get a life worried about a period ha what a community

-- Posted by notworthmytime on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 1:27 PM


You win. I think that was the worlds longest run-on sentence. Should I call the people at Guinness Book?

Maybe if punctuation and structure were "worth your time" then your posts could be taken more seriously. Please tell me you are not a student at MVC.

-- Posted by What the f...... on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 12:33 PM

What a joke - many of the classrooms at Valley have doors that will not shut, let alone lock in the event of a real emergency. While everyone is busy patting each other on the back, it might be a good idea to ask about the gunplay which has NOT made the paper.

-- Posted by Flummoxed on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 11:34 AM

There are evening classes at MVC. They usually meet once per week for 2.5 hours. They may have met last night so they didn't miss the equivalent of a whole week of class.

-- Posted by imaloony on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 11:30 AM

And do classes really go on that late? 615 PM?? thru 830 PM?? gee ppl and the way they tell stories! They add in bit and pieces each time they tell it!

-- Posted by paycloseattention on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 10:49 AM

Weren't all classes not in session because of the holiday yesterday?

In addition, isn't there an 'all clear' siren? I mean similar to the 'all clear' from a tornado siren? Yeah the paper even says a siren, they don't go door to door...

-- Posted by Scarpetta on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 10:40 AM

The "all clear" is a sound heard over the alarm system that sounds kind of like an 8 note Westminster doorbell. Students should really read the crisis response plan so that they can help to insure their safety--the whole reason the alarm exists in the first place.

-- Posted by imaloony on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 10:39 AM

From what I have heard from the students, no one ever came around to give an "all clear" in the dorms and students eventually started wandering out to see what was happening. I also heard that even the classrooms werent given "all clears" and student just left after class was over, still not knowing if everything was okay.

-- Posted by ALM on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 9:52 AM

I am glad to hear that an alarm was sounded to warn the residents and students about what was going on. My child is a freshman at Mo Valley and I haven't seen what I feel is appropriate accountability from the people in charge at the school on a lot of levels. This makes me feel a little better about the school environment.

-- Posted by dixson03 on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 5:41 AM

Congrats on the alarm system I herd the warning come across because I live right across the street from the college. Kinda shocking with all the violence that has been happening in this used to be quiet community. I think this new alert system will help not only students but also people in the community to take precautions and protect there family. I know as soon as I herd the alert I was watching for a suspecious person to help the Police Department if needed.

-- Posted by nathanm89 on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 1:12 AM

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