Mary Baldwin College Uses Alert System After Knife "Incident"


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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- A local college received the all-clear after an incident involving a knife where no one was hurt.

Mary Baldwin College students said for the most part, they weren't too worried when their phones buzzed with a campus alert; however, they said they're glad to know what was going on because of what could have happened.

The alert described the student, a 5-foot 7-inch black woman wearing a camo t-shirt and jeans, and told students to be careful because she could be dangerous.

Faith Garnett read the alert at about 9 p.m. Thursday which asked students to exercise caution. It also stated that a student met with someone on campus and an "incident" occurred, according to the college's Vice President of Public Relations Crista Cabe.

After the "incident," the student fled with a knife. Thursday night, Staunton police were on scene with a K-9 unit and tracked her scent to a parking lot on campus.

"I was a little concerned, but I wasn't too shaken up about it. But I'm glad that they let us know what's going on, keep us updated," said Kiara Nicholson, a student at Mary Baldwin College.

"Startled at first but when I got the second message, I was pretty relieved that it wasn't a big issue, that it was resolved," said Faith Garnett, also a student at the college.

Once the student was located in Winchester, administrators sent out another alert giving the all clear at about 12:30 a.m. Friday.


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