There were no opportunities today in the Community Media Lab to help the public, but I did have the chance to help a colleague. I am not sure how much of a help I was, but from my seat in the lab I did what I could to crowdsource two simultaneous breaking news stories and feed information to Ypsilanti Courier/Manchester Enterprise Copy Editor Tanya Wildt.
At 12:48 p.m., Tanya sent me an email:
Experimental plane crash in Pittsfield – Krista and Erica heading to sceneSaline schools on lockdown after TCF Bank robbery – Sean heading to TCF, I called Saline schools and left a message. Do you have any other contacts there? I’m updating the web.
So I know the schools are busy keeping our kids safe, but it’s been 45 minutes at least…Channel 4 is running a ticker tape along the bottom of the screen, and breaking news that all 7 schools are on lockdown, and we’ve heard NOTHING from the schools. We get robo-calls about fundraisers but not a lock down? WTF?
In another post, April said:
So far I’m only hearing that the high school and maybe Harvest are on lock down because of a bank robbery on that side of town. Cannot confirm anything…except I just called Heritage and they are NOT on lock down. Good grief.
Well, they definitely need to work on their system. Robo call says lockdown is lifted, and that the schools had sent out an email earlier when it happened. I just got that email, AFTER the lockdown was canceled.
@salinemilannews Per school communication, lockdown removed. Scent dogs were used; bank robbery suspects appear to have fled the area.
Meanwhile, reporter Sean Dalton shot interviews and “B” roll for a video Tanya narrated about the bank robbery and school lockdown, which was posted on our website along with the story.