Numerous first responders from the University Police Department, Jonesboro Police Department, Craighead County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police and other law enforcement agencies worked swiftly and cooperatively this afternoon in response to what eventually turned out to be a false alarm on the campus.
Apparently students were filming a video project near the Union, and costumed actors were reported by other students to 911 as possible campus intruders. These students have been located and interviewed by University Police Officers. As a result, it has been confirmed that there was no gunman on campus.
The university immediately put a lockdown in place while the Union and surrounding areas were searched and cleared. The university’s text and email alert system was used to notify students about the situation.
Chancellor Tim Hudson, Vice Chancellor Rick Stripling, and other representatives of the university administration also responded to campus to assist in the crisis response. The university response plan worked perfectly as designed.
No injuries were reported, and normal campus operations have resumed.
The University Police Department will continue to closely monitor the campus this evening as a precautionary measure.
Chancellor Hudson expressed the university’s appreciation to all law enforcement personnel who responded so quickly to the perceived threat.
ABD in English as a Second Language Teaching and Learning from the University of Seville, Spain
MS in ESL Education from SUNYAlbany
Lynda Franco has been an educator for over 35 years. During that time, she has worked as a content teacher, ESOL teacher, Spanish teacher, and bilingual teacher, and has taught all grades pre-K through grade 12 as well as adult learners. Class she taught included language development classes; content-based, sheltered ESOL vocational classes; undergraduate courses and graduate courses; both in the United States and abroad.
Lynda has been an administrator of programs and a bilingual trainer of teachers for 25 years. She has led seminars for university faculty and has trained teachers across the nation. She is a published author of teacher training materials, classroom materials, and children’s books. At the Colorado State Department of Education, she formerly served as Special Projects Director and Assistant Director of the English Language Acquisition Unit. Lynda also has worked for 15 years as an education consultant throughout the US assisting school districts and schools in creating programs and meeting the needs of their linguistically diverse populations.