A text message will be sent? I never received a text. Neither did anyone on campus. Naturally this serious flaw was addressed with by angry student reports. One student even wrote the President an email:
Click here to read an article about it in the Roanoke Times Dispatch. Keep in mind this article is subject to updates.Dear Hampden-Sydney College Community,Early Sunday morning, multiple gunshots were fired on our campus. Although no one was harmed, the incident is troubling and unacceptable. Evidence points toward the perpetrators being from off-campus with no official ties to the College. I am writing to tell you what we know and what we are doing about it.At 1:42 a.m. on Sunday, December 4, calls were made to the Campus Security and Police Department reporting gunshots in the yard of the Minority Student Union (MSU) House on Atkinson Avenue while a party was being hosted in the MSU House. Within one to two minutes, Officer Simmons arrived, with Officer Jenkins arriving shortly after, and they immediately controlled the scene. Chief Gee, Director of Security and Chief of Police, and Officers Fowler and Travis were notified and responded to the scene to aid the investigation and search.According to initial police accounts, witnesses reported that three males traversed the MSU yard and the street between MSU and Beta Theta Pi House. One of them fired a handgun as he backed away from MSU. The subjects then fled on foot. Police officers conducted a search for the suspects throughout the entire campus. It is believed they left campus in a vehicle. Initial findings are that at least five shots were fired from a 9mm pistol. One shot struck the MSU House, lodging in the outside wall.The campus Emergency Notification System (ENS) was activated. A warning notification message was sent to students, faculty, and staff at 3:35 a.m., which informed the community of the nature of the incident and directed all persons to stay inside. An “all clear” message was sent at 4:59 a.m. Both emergency messages were sent as an e-mail to all H-SC e-mail addresses including current students, faculty and staff and posted on the College website homepage. Messages were also posted on the electronic bulletin boards in buildings across the campus.This disturbing incident has shaken us all. I want to assure you we are conducting a thorough investigation into what happened so that we can identify who did it and take appropriate and immediate action against them. The Police Department is talking with witnesses, students, and other community members. The Dean of Students Office is communicating with and counseling students. The Farmville Police Department is cooperating with us. Furthermore, we are evaluating our security procedures.We all have a responsibility to do our part to ensure that Hampden-Sydney College is a safe place for students, faculty, staff, and guests of the College. We will not tolerate destructive intrusions and unlawful behaviors that threaten the security and serenity of our College community. We will take the appropriate measures to ensure a safe campus. And, we will keep you informed.
And Click Here for the ABC13 report.
Please feel free to comment. Would love to see how others feel about this. Never fear to voice your opinions!
UPDATE: For the record, my family never heard anything about this, either. I had them check their emails and such. Oh well. I know the parents of some students received emails, so maybe I'm just an anomalous case....
UPDATE: For a follow-up report, click here.