SCHOOL’S CREDIBILITY IN TATTERS, THOUGH …
|| By FITSNEWS || The emotional roller coaster is over. There was “no bomb.”
The College of Charleston – a hard-partying, government-run school presided over by an unapologetic neo-Confederate – announced early Tuesday that a bomb had been found on campus. It then announced its earlier report was false – the result of a dispatch coding error. Then it announced there was still an active bomb threat and proceeded to evacuate a half-dozen buildings.
So … “Yes Bomb/ No Bomb/ Maybe Bomb.”
The final word?
No bomb …
Local police announced the all clear Tuesday evening, leaving College of Charleston officials to deal with the fallout from their faulty notification system – the “Cougar Alert.”
“Kids (who had) to evacuate dorms were still in their pajamas hours later – having to go to class in their pajamas and wander around campus in the cold in pajamas,” one concerned parent told FITS.
Indeed. Cold, scared to death … and completely jerked around.
Glenn McConnell – the school’s president – took responsibility for the faulty notification process and vowed the system would be improved in the future.
“Our emergency notification system – Cougar Alert – proved less than effective in a real-time situation,” McConnell said. “In the aftermath of today’s events, we have learned that there was a glitch in the system, programmed years ago – which resulted in our communication protocols being compromised, and the initial ‘bomb found’ message was sent out electronically in error.”
“Plain and simple, that is unacceptable, and I will work with our emergency management task force to address it immediately,” McConnell added.