A scare on the KU campus this morning as a report of a gunman on campus forced authorities into action. The campus is safe this afternoon after what appears to have just been a false alarm this morning.
Someone called campus police just before ten and reported they had seen someone walking on campus, near Wescoe Hall, armed with a rifle. Even though the campus is nearly empty, campus police and other local agencies sprung into action to secure the area and check the buildings.
Authorities didn't put the campus on lock-down while they searched, but they did send an email out and alerts through their website about the possible threat, advising students and faculty to stay indoors. After less than an hour, the area was deemed secure.
"Hopefully everyone can get back to normal," said University Relations Director Todd Cohen. "There was a lot anxiety with news choppers flying and police on campus searching, but there was no evidence of any threat."
The University of Kansas says it may have just been someone walking with an umbrella or a window washer with some type of tool. And one positive thing that came out of this false alarm was that they can see how well the University Police and local authorities respond to a possible threat like this.
KU is currently working on getting a text message alert system in place, that would notify students and faculty by their cell phones in case of a possible threat. They hope to have a system in place by this Fall 2007.