Students get text-message alert -- of foam gun
November 1, 2007
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Reports of a gunman entering a residence hall prompted Wittenberg University to text-message students with a security alert -- but it turned out to be a prank.
Tuesday night's scare was supposed to be a birthday joke, and the gun fired only soft foam projectiles, police said. But because the gun violated the university's zero-tolerance policy, five students were taken into custody.
Wittenberg began the text messaging service after the April shootings at Virginia Tech, where a student killed 32 people before killing himself.