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Arkansas State University returns to normal

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Arkansas State University gets back to normal following a campus lockdown Friday.

Thursday afternoon Brad Bartelt drove onto campus with a shotgun, can of gasoline and a 100-pound propane tank.

Bartelt was later taken into custody without any shots being fired.

University Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson commended faculty, staff and students for taking the correct precautions and staying safe during the incident.

Several faculty members in the student union jumped into action when the alert went out.

Derek Ott, a testing coordinator with disability services, said his entire office worked together to make sure students got to safety.

Ott made sure students who were taking tests were alerted since they did not have their phones on them at the time the alert went out.

"Everybody was responding exactly the way they were supposed to," Ott said. "We got everybody out of the offices and got them out of the line of fire so the police officers could do their jobs."

Students returned to campus Friday to study and finish finals before break, but many could not ignore the dangerous situation that transpired Thursday.

“It is slightly eerie on campus but I do not feel unsafe on this campus what so ever,” student Caitlyn Mans said.

Mans said although the situation was scary, she is proud of the way it was handled and is proud to be a Red Wolf.

“I know that our law enforcement and first responders along with our professors and our staff and even our students do what they can to keep us safe,” Mans said.

Several professors gave alternate options to complete exams that were interrupted and the official make up day is Wednesday.

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