There was a scare around the Brock community on Thursday night when an incident occurred on campus. There were various people/accounts tweeting about what they thought was going on, and the panic that some of those accounts set off caused for a lot of confusion.
Brock’s campus had an incident at Village residence sometime around 8:00 p.m., and shortly after that the pandemonium set in when the Twitter-verse started to spread the news that it was an active shooting going on at Brock. There was confusion as to whether or not the campus was in lockdown mode — though it was clear that entrances to the university had been blocked off.
I personally believe that there was a lack of communication from the university, and that led to confusion and worry for a lot of people. Without hearing or seeing anything on Brock’s Twitter page or any other site until much later in the night, there were a lot of people left asking what was actually true — what was really happening on campus. The later it got, the more time had gone by that the university had not issued any sort of statement. Once the university was aware that there was false information going around about what happened, something should have been said to either confirm or deny what others were saying.
I understand that no one wants to — or at least, hopefully no one wants to — make any statements until they have sufficient information to do so. Though, there also has to be consideration that someone has to tame the pandemonium and make sure things don’t get completely out of hand.
While I can certainly agree that we would all rather be safe than sorry, Thursday’s events and the misinformation of what was going on is a reminder to all of us that if we don’t know what’s going on, we shouldn’t be adding to the panic of things. Don’t tweet or retweet or share information that hasn’t proven to be true. Know who to follow on social media sites who will provide legitimate information, know who the reliable news sources are where you live/go to school.
We all have to do what we think is best to keep ourselves and those around us safe in situations where we don’t know what is going on, but panicking and spreading false information will never make that situation any better.