Student Faces Federal Charges in Gunman Hoax

By: WHSV News Staff Email
By: WHSV News Staff Email

WISE -- Police say Bryant Alexander Hairston reported a gunman on the University of Virginia at Wise campus last Wednesday and then later said his report was a hoax.

Hairston is facing federal charges of knowingly making a false and fraudulent statement.

Hairston told police he saw a gunman near one of the residence halls. Then police officers flooded the campus and began a building-by-building search. Later, Hairston confessed to state troopers that it was all a hoax.

Hairston was a sophomore studying psychology. Now, he likely won't be allowed on campus. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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