AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - A university wide lock-down is something that's practiced, but not often carried out. It was carried out in full at Georgia Southwestern State University Wednesday morning.
With the last day of finals, there were not as many students on campus, but there were enough to shake things up.
"They called my parents and everything. My parents knew the same time I did so it was really good how they handled things," said Nate Ashely, a junior at the college.
The university issued a number of alerts through their email and phone system as well as a campus-wide announcement. Both students and school officials say it couldn't have been handled better.
"Even if there was no new news we did our best to let people know that the situation has not changed and that we were staying on top of it," said Stephen Snyder, GSW Director of University relations.
As far as their fallen officer, Jody Smith, GSW University representatives offer their condolences to the family. There will be a prayer vigil on campus tonight at seven.