Sunday, October 18, 2009

TTU Alert System Gets Positive Feedback

Tennessee Tech officials say their emergency alert system appears to have worked well during an incident last week in which a brief lockdown was ordered. According to police reports, the incident appears to have involved four non-students who were on the TTU campus. Darrion Jerome Brown, 19, of Nashville was taken into custody before 9 a.m. and arrested shortly after noon Wednesday, and Jerred Griggs, 20, of Sparta was placed under arrest Wednesday evening. Police say Griggs brought the two victims to the campus where they met Brown, who reported he was staying with a student there. He gained access to the residence hall by using a TTU student’s stolen identification card. Brown took one person into the laundry room of Dunn Hall and robbed him there, then tried to rob the other person outside. TTU police say he and Griggs conspired to commit the robbery together. The incident was drug-related. The campus was notified of the lockdown and all updates through an emergency text messaging system, the university home page, an emergency blog and Facebook postings. Students, faculty and staff members can register for the TTUAlert text system here.