How soon is too soon for campus shooter alerts?

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An active shooter alert on the Villanova University campus turned out to be a false alarm. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

An active shooter alert on the Villanova University campus turned out to be a false alarm. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

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Twenty minutes after Villanova University sent out a campus active shooter alert last Monday, the school sent another update saying there was no threat. Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Anna Orso explains why students, parents, and campus security experts are divided on whether Villanova jumped the gun.

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