"So I reply that I guess I'll be calling 911 for the next couple weeks—and I will. Every time," she promised about what she considers inappropriate military maneuvers given the spate of school shootings.
Prof. Czerwiec also reportedly left a voicemail for the campus ROTC that "There is no (expletive) reason why I should have to be terrorized like this, to look up and see gunman on the quad and dive under my desk thinking that perhaps we're under attack or something."
ROTC cadets do not use live weapons in their training.
A University of North Dakota spokesman issued a statement in response to this incident, which has since gained traction on social media.
"We did send an email notifying all students, faculty and staff that ROTC would be holding exercises throughout the spring in the Quad (or Mall) portion of campus (ROTC holds these exercises in the fall and the spring). But we recognize that the notification wasn't sufficient. The University will now send a campus notification before each exercise, and we will also notify the faculty member each time there will be exercises. We provide a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff, but in this instance we could have done a better job of helping students and employees know that this was a safe training exercise."
"Much of the information being dispersed on this incident is misleading. I saw two young men with guns outside my office. They were not obviously part of any training, and we had not been notified there would be any training that day. I called 911 to report it in order to protect myself, my students, and my coworkers. I have nothing against ROTC or its cadets -- they are some of my finest students. But in this current climate of school shootings, I'm sure many would agree that having students run across campus with guns while classes are in session is unwise and irresponsible. When I said I would call 911 again, I was saying that any time I see something suspicious that is not obviously part of a drill, I will call it in. At the university, we are told, 'if you see something, say something.' I am doing my job."