Statement from President McGee

To: Wingate University Community

From: Jerry E. McGee (President, Wingate University)

We know that you have concerns regarding the two recent incidents which forced us to lockdown our campus. I certainly understand and share that concern.

I've been at Wingate University for 22 years and we've had two lockdowns in that time. Unfortunately, they have both occurred in the last three weeks.

Regarding the incident on Friday, November 15, 2013:

The decision to lockdown the campus was made after a credible student
witness reported seeing several individuals arguing outside her dorm and
seeing what she thought was a gun. After law enforcement and University
investigation, we do not believe there was a gun on campus in this incident.

The incident on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 is drastically different:

Authorities ordered an immediate lockdown of our campus once they
received a 911 call of a fatal shooting approximately one mile from the
University. Officials believed that one individual fled toward the campus
where he died on the scene. Two men from Marshville, N.C. have been
charged with murder.

No one associated with Wingate University was involved in this incident.

In both instances, the lockdown orders were given as a precautionary measure.

Statistically, college and university campuses are some of the safest communities in America. We take our students’ safety and security seriously and will always err on the side of caution. We pledge to keep you informed of any incident that may happen on or near our 400-acre campus.

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