President: No danger from threat at Alabama dorm

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Posted: Sep 22, 2014 11:07 AM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The president of the University of Alabama says there was no danger from a threat that prompted a lockdown at a women's dormitory in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama President Judy Bonner issued a statement Monday saying the episode resulted from rumors and social media posts.

Police searched the nearly 1,000-student Tutwiler dormitory late Sunday after reports about people with guns. Students had to stay in their rooms, and no one was allowed in or out.

The search didn't turn up any weapons or unauthorized individuals, and the university says students were never in danger.

The university says a parent notified a police agency about possible gunmen after hearing from a daughter who saw social media posts and heard it from fellow students. That agency contacted university police, prompting the search.