LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville officials said no one was injured after a student accidentally shot a gun inside a dorm room.
The incident took place at Cardinal Towne, a complex of student apartments located near the U of L campus, over the weekend. According to a letter sent by Executive Vice President and University Provost Beth Boehm to U of L students and faculty, the bullet went through the student's ceiling and into the closet of another apartment in the building.
.@uofl student @maranda_alexis said a student living beneath her at @CardinalTowne fired a gun into the ceiling and came through the floor. We’ll hear from the Dean of Students shortly on how the University is addressing this. pic.twitter.com/BsE8IjczEY— Dalton Godbey (@DaltonTVNews) November 26, 2019
Pictures from the student whose room is directly above where the gun was fired show that it came through the floor just inches from her bed. That student, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she's lucky she wasn't in the apartment at the time.
"If I had been walking to the bathroom, I would've been shot," she said." "Hands down."
The student who accidentally discharged the weapon, who was not identified, was removed from campus and will face disciplinary action, Boehm said.
Boehm said firearms are banned on the U of L campus and that the student's possession of a weapon violated that policy.
"Our weapons policy, originally created in 1996, clearly states that deadly weapons 'are prohibited on any property owned, leased, operated or controlled by the university...' which includes residence halls and affiliated housing complexes," Boehm wrote.
U of L Dean of Students Michael Mardis addresses the media Tuesday and said the gun had been seized from the student in question immediately after the incident. Mardis added that he was removed from housing later Monday.
Mardis and Boehm both claim officials interviewed affected students, but the two living in the room where the bullet ended up said it was almost four days before they were interviewed.
"We never heard anything from them. They never interviewed my roommate or myself until (Tuesday)."
Boehm also defended the school's decision not to issue a "RAVE alert" — a school-wide mobile alert message — over the incident, saying that the situation was quickly in hand and there was no imminent threat to the student body.
"We are thankful that no one was hurt in this incident, which clearly was a violation of our policy, endangered the safety of some of our U of L family, and will be dealt with appropriately," the letter states. "I hope you will join us in ensuring our campus is [as] safe as possible by following our policies."
But safety is not a priority, the anonymous student involved said.
"Very concerning, honestly, how they're handing this," she told WDRB News. "It seems like they're trying to sweep it under the rug. I don't appreciate that, and I don't feel like my safety is a priority for them."
Not only are the students involved frustrated with the school, others are on the same page as well.
"The students have a right to know something like that as soon as it's been determined what it is, especially when it concerns their safety like that," said Jackson Mullins, a senior at U of L.
The university said it's offering students to move to other housing if they feel uncomfortable.
The student who accidentally fired the gun isn't facing criminal charges but will be disciplined by U of L following a hearing. That discipline could ultimately result in expulsion.
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