On Monday, Sept. 16 around 8:45 a.m. a University of Calgary investigation was prompted after an individual was spotted on campus with what appeared to be a rifle.* After emergency response procedures took place, U of C students are lashing back about the poor communication and mysterious information throughout the incident. After police investigation, the rifle was found to be a paper mache replica and the investigation concluded. Even so, students aren't happy with what went down and are taking to the internet to share their anger.
On Monday morning, the University tweeted the following message around 9 a.m. “Campus Security and CPS are responding to reports of possibly suspicious individual(s) seen on campus this morning.” The Calgary Police tweeted a similar message at 8:38 a.m.
Later, the University tweeted urging students to report anything suspicious they see. This vague and ominous message was the last before an update from both U of C and the police that the investigation had concluded and that there was no threat to anyone on campus.
As it turned out, the suspicious individual was carrying a paper mâché rifle, according to City News. Though it is certainly a relief that there was not, in fact, a shooter on campus, students and faculty members are extremely upset with how the terrifying incident was handled.
The University of Calgary has an emergency app specifically designed to notify students and staff of situations like these. Countless students were responding to the University's tweets asking for updates as they had reportedly received zero notifications on their apps.
In addition, many students on campus heard about the incident for the first time on the news.* Students are collectively enraged by the emergency procedures that were demonstrated today and they're taking to the internet to share their disappointment.
As we said, zero notifications were reportedly received by students.
Calgary Police even responded to some of the disgruntled students and faculty on Twitter to explain why they didn't notify the student body. Even so, students weren't satisfied with the rebuttal.
As more students shared their anger that the app didn't do its job, some responded saying they didn't even know about the app in the first place.
Though students didn't get any notifications during the incident, it seems they did receive a notification when it had been resolved.
Students were forced to physically request updates while they heard about the news coverage and buzz surrounding a potential danger to their safety without any tangible information.
Disappointed with how today's emergency response was handled, U of C students aren't stoked on the emergency app that was set in place to notify them in these scenarios.
*Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article called the incident a "lockdown", it has been confirmed that it was an "investigation".