‘False’ emergency text messages sent to students statewide

UT Tower at night (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Text messages that have the appearance of being emergency alerts from universities were received by students statewide, Wednesday night.

The University of Texas and St. Edward’s University say the messages are not official alerts and students should disregard them.

UT police are investigating the source of the text messages and say they have issued no alerts Wednesday evening. St. Edward’s referred to the text messages as “erroneous.” Baylor University, in Waco, similarly warned students not to follow the text message.

A text message sent to a Texas State student — which turned out to be false — reads, “Attention. There is an emergency on campus. Calmly evacuate all buildings using available exits. Move away from buildings and wait for further instruction.”

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