LSU officials urging students to adhere to safety text alerts


In the middle of student orientation.

“A little after 2:30 today, we had a report of an armed intruder inside of Coates hall.”

That report led to a building and the university’s quad being locked down.

“We went through room by room, floor by floor assessing the situation” said LSU Public Relations Director, Ernie Ballard.

Though the incident turned out to be a non-threat. LSU’s Director of Media Relations Ernie Ballard said, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

“If you see something out of the ordinary, please report it to LSU police. We rather it be nothing and LSU police come out and investigate it fully than it be something and we just ignore it” said Ballard

While some obeyed the safety measures.

“We all locked our doors, locked the school doors, turned the lights out, locked our office doors and just waited” said Edward Gibbons, Instructor at LSU.

Others fearfully went against the rules.

“I was like I’m ready to go so I was like I’ll take my chances which is sometime not the smartest idea” said Jon Oliver, Student at LSU.

While the incident may have been a misunderstanding. Ballard said, your safety should be your top priority.

“We ask people to please follow our procedures and protocol, report it to LSU police so they can fully investigate and make that determination themselves.”

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