DOVER, Del. (CBS) — Delaware State University was placed on lockdown on Tuesday morning after some students reported receiving anonymous texts of a potential shooter on campus. However, there was no active shooter.
The lockdown was issued around 10 a.m. after university police said students received text messages regarding a possible shooting on campus.
Campus, Dover and Delaware State Police investigated the incident. School officials say they searched all buildings on campus.
No shooter was found and no one was hurt.
The lockdown was lifted just before noon.
“We had to move from our classroom because ours didn’t lock, so we had to go to another room that has a lock on the door,” Samantha Hamilton said.
“It was about 30 of us sitting, not really knowing what was going on. We saw some police cars and police walking around through the window,” student Cassie Sampagna said.
Cheri Sampogna, Cassie’s mother, rushed to campus to make sure her daughter was OK.
“The fear factor of something happening to your children. They’re just trying to get an education, that’s the biggest thing. It’s sad. It’s hard. You don’t want to condemn people who just live normal lives, they go hunting, they’re safe versus people who have ill intent. You can’t discern the two. So school, it’s hard to let her go. It’s hard to let her go,” she said.
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Tony Allen, the school’s executive vice president and provost, said in a statement, “While this alert unquestionably led to significant anxiety and alarm among our students and employees, I am pleased to report that our protocols functioned well.”
Classes and events were canceled for the remainder of the day.
CBS3’s Howard Monroe contributed to this report.