NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (WABC) -- Some Rutgers University students are complaining on Twitter about a text alert during an emergency drill on campus.
The university sent emails to students and the community earlier this week alerting them to a police training drill Thursday morning at the library in New Brunswick.
The drill included a tweet during the exercise Thursday, warning of an armed suspect in the area and urging people to seek a safe space and shield themselves.
At the bottom of the message, it said "test, test." A few minutes later, another alert was sent, saying the drill was over.
In a statement later Thursday, Michael J. Rein, deputy chief of university police, said the message was part of a planned emergency exercise and that there was no threat to Rutgers.
"We recognize that the wording of the initial message caused some concern and alarm amongst recipients; however the message was sent only to test the University's Emergency Notification System (ENS)," it said. "University Public Safety will be making necessary changes to protocols for future training exercises."
Rutgers University-New Brunswick emergency drill sparks student complaints