Suspected shooting at OU turns out to be false alarm

Posted at: 01/22/2014 6:17 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Before Oklahoma University knew a suspected shooting was a false alarm, students were put on alert.

In New Mexico, a mother got a terrifying text from her daughter who is a student there. The building she was in was locked down and she was convinced there was a shooter on campus.

Lynn Rounds says with all the news of school shootings, it was easy to believe. She can’t thank God enough it wasn’t real, but she says it raises questions for her about what parents can do to keep their children safe.

When Rounds’ daughter called her from a locked-down building at OU saying there was a shooter nearby, Rounds was overwhelmed with emotion.

“Of course I panicked because you always think it’s never going to happen to your kids on their university campus, their high school or their grade school,” Rounds said. “But gosh, more and more these days... these things are happening.”

OU launched a full-scale campus search, sending alerts to students as soon as they thought there might be a shooting. It turned out to be a false alarm, but Rounds was grateful officials responded the way they did.

“I would say thank you to them. They told everyone to take shelter, they told the kids what they thought was happening and where to stay away from,” Rounds said.

Nowadays she says, school shootings are so common any threat must be taken seriously. Now, she questions what parents can do to keep their kids safe.

“I've been asking myself that over and over again,” Rounds said. “Especially now, it seems like I have to reevaluate how I help Emily deal with it, how the university, the important thing is not to make a big deal about it and keep them all in our prayers. Sometimes you feel so helpless that's the only thing you can do.”