University of North Carolina at Wilmington

False 'active shooter' alerts cause chaos, danger

False 'active shooter' alerts cause chaos, danger

In early February, Montgomery College accidentally sent a text message warning of an active shooter to 9,000 cellphones subscribed to the Maryland school’s emergency alert system. It was a false alarm, the latest example of human error triggering one of the most terrifying notifications a campus community could receive.

The formula is familiar: An employee at a large institution — often a college or university, required by the...

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