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Western Michigan University students angry about lack of safety alert during Kalamazoo shooting
The shooting occurred at locations around the school.
Students at Western Michigan University (WMU) are lashing out at the school’s administration on social media after not receiving a security alert during Saturday night’s shooting spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
At least six people were killed and two injured during the shootings, which occurred at several locations near the Western Michigan University campus.
Students posted on social media that they did not receive alerts about the shooting through WMU’s system, WMU Alerts, which notifies students via phone of nearby crimes or safety hazards.
However, some students speculated that the school did not notify students of the shooting because it did not occur on campus.
The fact that the WMU police couldn’t issue an alert last night because the shootings weren’t happening directly on campus is frustrating
— jasmine (@itsjazzyjeff) February 21, 2016
The Jeanne Cleary Act requires universities that receive federal funding to alert students of emergency situations on campus, but does not require notifications for incidents that occur off campus.
The Daily Dot contacted WMU to inquire about its decision not to issue an alert during the shooting, and will update if and when we hear back.
Kate Conger is a politics and cybersecurity journalist who currently writes for Gizmodo. Her work has previously appeared in BuzzFeed, Digital Trends, Real Clear Politics, San Francisco Examiner, and elsewhere. Together with Dell Cameron, she won the Society of Professional Journalists' award for Best Scoop in 2017 for a report on the leak of data about 200 million American voters.