News Channel 6 Investigates: Was Paine College's Security Alert Policy Activated During Shootings?
By Deon Guillory, WJBF GMA Weekend Anchor/Reporter - email
Photo of law enforcement near Paine College's campus after a Monday afternoon campus shooting
Augusta, GA -
Security is beefed up after Monday's shooting at Paine College, but it's not enough to keep Olympia Horton's fears aside.
"I can't...I can't trust this school. I can't be here," said Olympia.
The Paine College junior says she didn't know what was going on while the school was on lockdown. "I called 911 and she was like, 'follow your school's protocol for active shooter policy'. So I'm like, 'what is that?'" Olympia added.
The college does have a campus alert procedure. The way it works is the dispatcher contacts the college's president and building fire marshall. Then, warnings go out across campus, then a mass email is sent.
A message about Sunday's shooting was posted on Paine College's Facebook page just an hour before Monday's shooting. Several students who talked off camera say they received the alerts about the Sunday night shooting and Monday's shooting, which investigators say are related.
I made an attempt to talk to the campus police chief, but I was told by an officer on duty that he would find him for me.
Despite the campus alert's success, Olympia's mom told her to return home to Syracuse, New York. "She bought me a ticket last night. She was like, 'forget finals, whatever. Until that school gets its stuff together, you're coming home'," Olympia told us.
There are mixed emotions on this campus. Some students are saying they will stay, others are packing up and going home.
We will continue to follow this developing story and provide more information as it becomes available.