“RUN, HIDE, FIGHT” active attacker alert mistakenly sent at OSU

Students were sent into a frenzy yesterday after an active attacker message was sent out by mistake.

“Active attacker reported on campus. RUN, HIDE or, as a last resort, FIGHT, if needed. Police responding – More info soon,” said the message sent out at 12:32pm.

Then a few moments later…

“Please ignore the Alert that was just sent. We had a system malfunction. There is NO threat.”


10TV reports the Department of Public Safety at OSU was running a routine test of their alert system and the message got sent out on a campus desktop computer “due to human error.”

OSU issued an apology statement and added they’ll be tightening up their protocol for internal testing moving forward so that mistakes like this don’t happen again.


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