Wayland locked down on Monday

October 27, 2014

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University locked down its campus for approximately 4 hours on Monday as authorities searched for an escaped convict.

Charles Davis Jr., escaped from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Monday morning in downtown Plainview. The Wayland campus, along with other Plainview schools, was locked down to ensure the safety of students.

Wayland administration notified students and employees about the lockdown at approximately 10:40 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m. Procedure calls for all exterior doors to be locked, allowing limited access and departure. Students were told to remain at their current location. If they were out on campus grounds, they were encouraged to return to their dorms. The lockdown was lifted once local authorities and the Wayland Police Department determined it was.

Students and employees were encouraged to proceed with caution and remaining classes and activities were cancelled for the day.

Wayland uses an emergency management communication system that sends out phone messages, texts and emails when mass notification is required.