FSU false alarm briefly panics students, parents

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – An apparent glitch in Florida State University’s automated emergency alert system led to warnings inadvertently going out Thursday morning urging students and others to take shelter due to a dangerous and life-threatening situation on campus.

The alerts, which went out via automated phone calls, text messages and an FSU Alert Twitter feed at 10:50 a.m. caused panic among some students, parents and others.

Within seconds, other messages were sent there that was no threat on campus, but that didn't stop a flood of calls to campus police and parents from texting students to ask them if they were all right.

An FSU spokesman said the alert was apparently triggered by a security glitch and they were trying to learn exactly what happened.