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Students, University React To False Gunman Alert

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EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Around 1 p.m. Monday an alert went out to MSU students that a gunman was inside a campus building.

We've since learned it was a false alarm. The gunman turned out to be just an ROTC student with a training weapon.

6 News Joe Khalil dug deeper just a day later to find out how the university deals with weapons on campus and what went wrong yesterday.

Imagine you're in a classroom when a police officer tells you to get down on the floor. This is case for a group of students who were in class in Bessey Hall as the incident was unfolding.

MSU Student Matt Martin says, a "cop kind of poked his head in and you could tell he was wearing like a bullet proof vest and he said 'get everybody down on the floor, get up against the inner wall. Shut the blinds shut the lights off shut the door.'"

That nightmare situation became a reality for Matt Martin.

"Everybody was pretty scared. I think a couple people were crying. For several minutes there we really didn't know what was going to happen," recalls Martin.

Thankfully it was a mis-understanding. University officials say one cadet, a freshman on the Air Force ROTC's Silver Eagle Drill Team was bringing his training gun into Bessey Hall where the program is housed.

A student who saw him panicked and called 911.

The university says the replica guns are kept locked inside of Bessey Hall, but some cadets do take them out to the parking lot behind Bessey Hall to train for their honor guard.

Officials say though the guns are replicas incapable of firing, cadets are still required to carry them in a gun case. How or why the cadet exposed his training weapon is still unclear.

MSU says the commander of the drill team will review what happed on Monday and may change certain practices to avoid another misunderstanding.

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