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Update: See the video, Snowball fight turns ugly at Grambling

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GRAMBLING, La. (February 12, 2014) – Grambling State University is seeking students who pulled multiple fire alarms on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, causing unnecessary commotion as innocent students were forced to leave dorm rooms on a cold, icy night.

"What happened should not have happened, and we are actively pursuing students who violated the law by pulling one or more fire alarms," said President Frank G. Pogue. "Our Grambling State University Police Department and our office of student affairs are actively searching for those who brought about this unfortunate series of incidents."

The Grambling City Fire Department responded to about a dozen fire alarms at four different dormitories, causing students to follow university guidelines by leaving the buildings and going outside until notified to return. "Our students did what they were supposed to do," said Stacey Duhon, vice president for student affairs and enrollment. "They are taught to be immediately responsive as if their lives depend on it, because their lives do depend on them doing the right thing."

Duhon said all resident assistants were put on high alert to help last night after the initial fire alarms in dormitories. University police said there were about 12 fire alarms pulled between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m., automatically bringing the firefighters to campus. Duhon said a number of students had been outside playing without incidents when the first fire alarms went off. Duhon said the university has signs by campus fire alarms to remind students that it is against the law to pull a fire alarm when there is no fire and no fear of fire. Proper instructions for using fire alarms are in the student handbook.

"Our primary goal is to continue to provide a safe environment for our faculty, staff and students," added Pogue. "During such harsh inclement weather we have urged our faculty and staff to stay home unless required to work, and we urge our off campus students to do the same. We urge our on campus students to stay indoors except to get something to eat. Tonight is no time to go outdoors in the dark with such cold, icy and slippery conditions."

Pogue said the university wants students to vacate any building when they hear a fire alarm because that is what they should do. "On the other hand," he said, "we also want students who tamper with fire alarms to know that this is against the law."


GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News)- Several students at Grambling State University have contacted KNOE claiming they were hosed down by the fire department early Wednesday morning. University officials tell KNOE the incident happened after students set off as many as a dozen fire alarms.

The students claim they were having a snowball fight at a campus apartment complex when they were hosed down by Grambling's Fire Department around 12 A.M.

Multiple videos sent to KNOE from Instagram and Twitter show several students being sprayed with fire hoses. The students say the firefighters then showed up with their trucks and hoses and started to spraying them.

We have reached out to the university, the Grambling Police Department and the fire department but have not yet received a response.


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