Campus police lockdown university for 3-hours after administrators mistake umbrella for rifle

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Police at a public university locked down the campus for three-hours on Tuesday after school administrators misidentified a student’s umbrella as a rifle.

Police put North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University on lockdown after mistaking a man's umbrella for a rifle.

“I had a bunch of automatic weapons pointed at me,” North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T) economics professor Jeffrey Edwards, told The Winston-Salem Journal following the lockdown on Tuesday.

According to campus police, two staff members of A&T in Greensboro, North Carolina, triggered the actions at 9:16 a.m. by dialing 911 and reporting they had spotted a man enter a classroom building carrying a rifle.

The resulting lockdown lasted for three hours and eventually spread to nearby Guilford County Schools, including four high schools, two middle schools, and two elementary schools.

According to a local newspaper, the Winston-Salem Journal, A&T police Chief Glenn Newell said at a news conference that police realized the mistake after reviewing video which revealed the “rifle” was in fact an umbrella.

According to popular weather site Weather Underground, there was just a ten-percent chance of rain in Greensboro on Tuesday.

In response to the perceived threat dozens of “unmarked patrol cars” were lined up outside the university and students and staff received text messages warning them of a possible shooter on campus, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

A&T is a land-grant university located in, United States. It is the largest publicly funded historically black college (HBCU) in the state of North Carolina.

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