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Wright State Guardian: SGA, WSUPD and the weapon in the Hangar

Cheif Holden speaks to SGA meeting

Excerpt from the Wright State Guardian

The main topic of the Wright State Student Government Association’s weekly meeting on Sept. 19 was the incident involving a weapon in the Hangar on Friday, Sept. 15.

WSU Director of the Office of Public Safety Chief Kurt Holden explained to the attendees what occurred and how the WSUPD responded.

“Everyone’s emotion about what they thought was occurring was very real and validated,” Holden said.

Holden said that the student who brought the weapon into the Hangar went into an unlocked ROTC lounge and grabbed an inoperable training weapon. The student then went into the Hangar and began asking nearby students whether or not the weapon was truly real. Holden said that students in the Hangar reported that the student then held the training weapon above his head, exclaimed that he believed the rifle was real, and students began to run.

Holden explained that the student did not make a specific, individual threat. Holden reiterated that there was not a threat or danger during the incident. 

Despite the inoperability of the weapon itself, police were on the scene within seconds to assess the situation and apprehend the individual, according to Holden. There is also no lasting danger, as the individual has since been trespassed and will be arrested should he step foot onto campus, as Holden explained.

According to Holden, the ROTC is working to assure that no further incidents occur. Holden also asserted that the police will be working on some form of alert that can be sent out in the event that something else of similar status should occur.