A UK uni went in to melt down after Nerve News the uni newsroom reported that a man had entered the students union, suicide vest and could be carrying a gun covered in blood sparking a huge policing operation.
Based on the sightings reported to police they conducted a proportionate response, But Nerve News did not help with students who went into meltdown with reports of the fake news which spread fast.
It is very important at this stage to point out that whoever reported this incident to the police did the right thing because it could have been a very different situation if they had failed to report the suspicious incident to cops.
However, maybe Nerve News should not have reported on the details on the incident and just advised students there was an ongoing suspicious incident and official police advise is to stay indoors while armed searches are carried out across the campus if you see anything suspicious leave the area and call 999 immediately but only if it is safe to do so.
Police have now confirmed it was a runner wearing fitness gear and not a suicide vest, That must have come to a shock for the runner when they were confronted by armed officers who swamped the area.
Terrified students were then placed on lockdown for their own safety during the incident while officers launched a major incident.
Cops launched helicopters, armed officers and dogs to search the area but that only added to the fake social media posts from students within the uni who then went in to melt down.
In a statement, the force said: “Dorset Police Received a report at 2.33pm regarding a security alert relating to a man seen in the area of the Boundary roundabout near to Bournemouth University.
“An initial report suggested the man could be wearing something that resembled a suicide vest.
“As a precaution, the University was placed on lockdown as searches of the area were carried out
The statement said that an investigation, including a “review of CCTV footage” established that it was “believed to be someone running in a fitness vest.”
They added: “The lockdown has now been lifted and we do not believe there is any further cause for concern or threat to the public.”
Clearly Nerve News did not help in the situation with the fear and spread of fake news, as they reported on their channel across the uni that there had been sightings of a man who had entered the student union covered in blood with unconfirmed reports he had a gun.
Maybe in future Nerve News should hold back on such news within the uni to prevent the spread of fear and meltdown upon students who clearly believed they could be in a terror attack situation.
Nerve News has held their hands up and said sorry for reporting Fake News, But even though we have criticised the outlet we also believe they reported this with good intentions to ensure no students would be harmed.
Now that what actually happened has come to light, Nerve News would like to apologise for any false reports made. We are glad the situation was resolved safely and smoothly by police and on-site security.
— Nerve News (@NerveNews) January 10, 2020
Nerve News then went on to report that University buses had been temporarily suspended and police had been on-site with the police helicopter in the air.
Twitter user Ross Millen, who works at the University’s Nerve Radio, said: “Bournemouth University currently on lockdown.
“Cause is unconfirmed but sightings of a man covered in blood have been reported and mentions of a gun being brought on to the site.
“University buses have been temporarily suspended and police are on-site and in the air with helicopters.”
It is important to note that this was reported to officers in good faith and believed to be geniune with good intentions.
If you believe there is about to be a terrorist attack or an ongoing terror incident it is advised that you immediately move away from the area and when you are in a safe and secure location call 999.