ECU Sends Out False Twitter Alert Saying Armed Intruder On Campus

East Carolina University says an alert sent out last night via Twitter that the campus was on lockdown was sent out by mistake.

The university says around 7:26 p.m. a police operator practicing on the ECU Alert system mistakenly tweeted that an armed intruder was in the Brewster Building and that the campus was on lockdown. University police say they recognized the error and tweeted a correction about an hour later.

ECU says the mistaken alert only went out on their Twitter account, not via email or text alerts.

The university says the initial review shows human error is to blame, with the operator failing to click a box that would have prevented the test message from being sent.

ECU police says they will now reinforce to operators who are training on the system to identify a practice message with clear language as "TEST MESSAGES" at the beginning and end.