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Social media fuels 'hysteria' over reported shooter at Air Force Academy
TheGazette, By: Tom Roeder, September 30, 2017

(The) academy executed a well-honed plan to deal with a shooting on the campus. The academy police responded with a campus-wide message issued just before 10 p.m. "An active shooter has been declared by law enforcement in the vicinity of the prep school," a text message that went to all academy personnel said.

The academy locked its two gates and the 4,000-strong cadet wing and hundreds of families who live in housing on the 18,500-acre base were told to shelter in place. The incident was taken so seriously by academy leaders that they called in their "crisis action team," a group of leaders who manage emergencies at the school.

Then Twitter kicked in, in a big way. Reports of one, then three, then eight shooters emerged. Across Facebook, stories emerged of cadets texting their parents, with some saying goodbye. One Twitter account that claimed to by tied to a cadet squadron reported that the alleged shooters were dressed as police.

Police from around the Pikes Peak region raced to the Academy to assist, with El Paso County Sheriff's deputies and Colorado Springs police leading the pack. Local SWAT teams put on their black, armored uniforms and rolled out to address what appeared to be a siege at the academy.

The ensuing panic drew another 911 call reporting shooters were at the academy's biggest dorms, Sijan and Vandenberg. Scores of text messages to academy security forces followed. "Trust no one," a tweet read. The hashtag #prayforusafa began trending on Twitter. Another tweet from that account said that the operations center that controls incidents at the academy and the school's public address system had been seized. "Do not trust the big voice," the tweet said. "First racist messages struck United States Air Force Academy and now an active shooter?" a Twitter user wrote.
(full article)

What do you suppose that superintendent lieutenant general Jay Silveria has to say about this latest turn of events? I should like to hear him address this development, supposing the man isn't indisposed.

Here's the moral speech he just gave to the assembled academy:

Preach it, brother!

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