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Some Mizzou students, parents concerned about alerts after incident on campus Wednesday

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Alerts about a woman with a gun sent some students into a panic on the Mizzou campus Wednesday.

The situation ended peacefully.

But now some students are expressing concern and confusion about the warning system.

Like many of us wanting updates in a developing situation, many students turned to social media for updates. Officials said there was a suicidal woman walking around campus, reportedly armed. She was found and is safe.

But some students and parents say they aren't happy with how the university handled informing them of the situation. 

The first tweet from MU Alert came out at 11:23 a.m. Wednesday, warning of an active threat, with a link to the school's alert website for more information.

The school then tweeted a dozen more times, saying the subject was a female and was reported to have a handgun.

Then later, there was a tweet that she was wearing a Mizzou hoodie and was located around the White Campus area.

The school never went on official lockdown, though at various time, the school tweeted to "shelter in place" and then to "take necessary steps to stay safe," like miss class.

Some students expressed concern about the alerts.

"How are we not in lockdown during a situation like this," one student tweeted.

"Emergency alerts should not be this vague," tweeted another.

Making matters worse: the campus' Snapchat account.

In the midst of an active search for a subject, the school's snaps seemed to be engaging in a search game of their own, encouraging people to look for a barcode in order to win a gift card.

The school tweeted "ignore the MizzouSnaps account. The account was taken over and the snaps went out in error.”

The school does have a dedicated website. Officials say that provides the most up-to-date information during an incident. They're also providing phone numbers now for students or parents with concerns about the incident. Those numbers are 573-882-5539 or 1-888-631-1098. 

One student though tweeted: “It's imperative the protocols are updated.”

A spokesperson for the school did not return News 4 attempts to contact them.

Many of their original tweets have been deleted. According to a new tweet, they did so in an effort to end the confusion.

Police say it appears the woman in question discarded the gun on campus. But it's been located.

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