Lockdown at KSU: Suspected gun carrier had only cellphone in pocket
by Haisten Willis
April 25, 2014 04:00 PM | 9569 views | 7 7 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A police officer strings crime scene tape across the entrance of the south visitor parking lot near the center of Kennesaw State University campus Friday afternoon after a report was issued to students about an armed man walking around the campus. Students were locked down while police from Kennesaw, Cobb County and Campus Security searched the area. Officials later determined the man in question was only carrying a cellphone. No arrests were made. Staff/Kelly J. Huff
A police officer strings crime scene tape across the entrance of the south visitor parking lot near the center of Kennesaw State University campus Friday afternoon after a report was issued to students about an armed man walking around the campus. Students were locked down while police from Kennesaw, Cobb County and Campus Security searched the area. Officials later determined the man in question was only carrying a cellphone. No arrests were made. Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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KENNESAW — Kennesaw State University was locked down from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday because of what was thought to be an armed man on campus.

But the lockdown was lifted when it was discovered the student only had a cellphone in his pocket.

“He was not a threat and never posed a threat to the community,” reads a release from Kennesaw State police.

In fact, the student apparently had no idea he had even caused the lockdown and was participating in the lockdown himself when found.

“I think he was oblivous to the fact he was the person of interest,” said David Arnold, assistant vice president of strategic communication and marketing at KSU.

A phone call alerted police to the possibility of a gunman, and the campus was shut down soon after as a precaution. Arlen did not know who made the phone call but said it was not believed to be a prank.

Students were sent a text message during the lockdown advising them of a “possible armed man on Campus Green. … Shelter and lock the door.” Sirens also went off signaling the shutdown.

Standing at a bus stop near the Campus Green not long after the standoff ended, 20-year-old biology major Andre Berry recalled what he was hearing during the situation.

“There was a man at the commons getting agitated,” he said. “People ran from him and contacted authorities. Whatever he did caused fear.”

Many students kept up on the situation by checking social media sites on their phones and computers during the lockdown, not sure what to think. In the end, things ended calmly and the campus looked to be back to normal by late Friday afternoon.

Live video from a WSB-TV helicopter showed multiple police officers walking around campus and barricades blocking some roads during the lockdown.

Hayleck Becker was at Kennesaw Hall on the east end of the Campus Green. She didn’t intend to stay long but ended up trapped there when the campus shut down.

Even though no weapons were found, she thought police handled the situation the right way.

“I’d rather them be overcautious like that,” she said. “They were obviously not ready when we had that snowstorm and I was stuck on campus. I’d rather them take the precautions they did instead of taking a chance of someone getting hurt. A gun would equal death.”

Arnold agreed the situation was handled correctly.

“I’d say it was an appropriate response and I think the loved ones and family members of our students would also say it was appropriate,” Arnold said.

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MFPrice
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April 25, 2014
They lifted the lockdown once they realized it was just Nathan Deal touring the campus.
Hill Billy
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April 25, 2014
Why didn't the Bill the governor just signed make it legal to have GUNS on Campus? What do we expect to happen when the State of Georgia allows every Tom, Dick and Harry and Harriet to posses a weapon everywhere possible. Duhhhhh!
Intellectual Entity
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April 25, 2014
So, by your logic, we should stop shooters on campus by allowing everyone to carry a gun. Because - in your universe - allowing everyone to have a gun on them potentially throttles the chance that a shooter would attempt to attack a school..... Really, I want you to think about it. Just cause it works somewhere else in the world does not mean it will just stop every shooter. For all you know, it could give them reason to ban together throwing their very own Purge 2.0.

Side note: Here's a scenario.

-Shooter starts shooting the school.

-All students pull out their weapons to defend themselves

-Who's the shooter?

-Little Ana doesn't know, so she panics and shoots some random kid attempting to "defend" himself.

-Little Ana becomes the shooter in every ones eye

-Student walks in on other students "defending" themselves against Ana.

-Student defends Ana vs potential shooters.

I don't really need to explain how this story develops...
Loren Bagby
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April 26, 2014
Seeing as LEGAL gun owners still have to pass an extensive background check, every Tom, Dick, Harry, and Harriet will not be able to own a gun. On top of that, a Concealed Carry Permit is something that not all legal gun owners will get. And even more on top of that, the law does not allow people to start carrying guns on school campuses, it only allows CERTAIN, AUTHORIZED ADMINISTRATORS to carry. But hey, don't let facts get in your way.

And Intellectual Entity, because of your name I snorted my drink all over my keyboard. Thanks.
anonymous
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April 26, 2014
Loren Bagby, you are talking common sense. That is something these "guns-for-nobody-but-criminals" mental midgets will never understand...at least not until they are facing someone who is holding a gun on their unarmed selves (and even then, don't count on them to admit it).

NOTE: I also spit coffee all over my keyboard thanks to "Intellectual Entity".

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Just Wait
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April 26, 2014
If you want to discuss facts, use these. The background check is not "extensive," it is only to see if you have committed a felony or been institutionalized and all guns are banned on University System campuses. Public school districts can decide if they want certain persons other than school police to carry guns. Darn those facts.
KSU Grad
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May 16, 2014
I don't think "Intellectual Entity" understands that you both have the same opinion. Not very "Intellectual." Plus, he describes a scenario whereby all the gun owners kill each other off. I would think that would take care of his position at election time.
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