February 24, 2014 at 9:16 pm

ROTC cadet with faux weapon prompts scare at MSU's Bessey Hall

East Lansing — A report of a gunman Monday at one of the busiest buildings on Michigan State’s campus turned out to be an ROTC cadet training with a faux weapon.

Reports came in at about 1 p.m. Monday that there was a gunman at Ernst Bessey Hall, which houses classrooms and the Writing Center. The university’s website describes the hall as “the busiest and largest of all our locations.”

Cathy Vaughn, administrative assistant for the Writing Center, said precautions were taken after someone spotted the cadet practicing on the first floor.

“Students from one classroom came into our suite as a precaution,” Vaughn said. “We didn’t know what was going on, so we just assumed the weapon was real.”

It took about a half-hour before campus police determined there was no threat, Vaughn said, an eye witness to the event, adding the university’s crisis plan went off without a hitch.

“Unfortunately, people know what to do nowadays in situations like this,” she said. “We live in a society where nobody waits around to see if the threat’s real or not.”

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