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University emergency plan put to the test

By Donna McCollum

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The threatening weather is keeping SFA students inside, more so than the threatening notes of a mass shooting. The incident is putting the university's emergency plan to the test. "I think the plan worked," commented Megan Frederick, a SFA student.  "I think they had students trying to be careful and kinda scared, but kinda keeping people pretty calm about it. The teachers are taking precautions as to locking the doors still today and trying to keep everybody out that's not students, so I think they did a really good job."

Students are to be commended too. So far over 350 phone calls , many of them tips, have been made to the call center. "The call line is 468-5900 for people to call in for more information and for tips also," Chief Marc Cossich said.

Class attendance is described as normal for yesterday and today. The decision to keep the university open is now a call the university is pleased they made. "Every university and every school gets threats all the time," explained Bob Wright, SFA Public Affairs director. "It's not uncommon and you have to determine whether or not you want to close the school on every single threat."

Authorities are still working diligently on the investigation. An arrest depends on the evidence found and the tips that come in. A university spokesman is hoping after the weekend, students can return to school and think of nothing more than their studies. Any information about the incident should still be shared with campus police or the Nacogdoches Police Department.

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