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ECU alert was test, campus open

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Students, teachers, and the surrounding community received an alert from ECU Friday morning saying the university was on lockdown.
    
But it turns out, the alert was just a test.

It went out just before 8:30 a.m. More than 40,000 people received it in a text alert or via e-mail.
    
It read there was a violent intruder on campus and people should continue with lock down procedures.
    
About 12 minutes later, ECU Police sent a follow-up message saying the alert was a test message that inadvertently got sent out.
   
9 On Your Side talked with Lieutenant Chris Sutton about the mistake.

"Instead of clicking police test, this would have come to the police administrator. It was clicked to go to all users,” said Lt. Chris Sutton, ECU Police. “So instead of one, or two, or three you get 42 to 45,000. So, that does have a tendency to light a few fires.”

Sutton says they're using this experience as a learning opportunity to see how they can improve the system.
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