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- Stacy Rue, Jacqueline Celecia, Andrew Pack, and Christina Wright oral history interview, 2020 March 11
Stacy Rue, Jacqueline Celecia, Andrew Pack, and Christina Wright oral history interview, 2020 March 11
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives staff discuss their collective lockdown experience on April 30 2019 when they were caught for approximately four hours in the Lower Level area of the library. The discussion focuses on how they heard that there was an active shooter on campus; how they felt as initial denial turned into the realization that the warnings were accurate; how they tracked the situation through access to social media and eventually the local media coverage of events that were unfolding right outside the building; their isolation from those events resulting from being in a secure area of the library; efforts made to alert the police of their presence in the library after all other areas of the building had been evacuated; and their eventual evacuation. The group first became aware that there was a potential shooter on campus when a message was announced on the library intercom at about 5:40pm, some ten minutes ahead of an official warning. Using time stamps from phone calls, texts, and tweets Stacy Rue outlines the chronology of events; at 5:45pm her mother called and confirmed that police were pouring onto campus and students were streaming away from buildings; at 4:51 the official campus "Run Hide Fight" warning message was issued; at around 6pm a tweet by WSOC's Joe Bruno showed an aerial view of the Kennedy Building as the center of the shooting event; at about 6:40pm a tweet began trending that showed a photograph of the Atkins Library's front door smashed and caused confusion about how the library was implicated in the event; at 6:44pm a text announced that officers were sweeping the buildings; at 8pm Stacy's mother who was waiting at the Harris Teeter parking lot temporary command station across Hwy. 49 from campus was finally able to connect the group with police who were responsible for clearing people out of campus buildings. The group conclude with a description of the surreal nature of the scene that met them as they finally evacuated the library.