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Posted: 5:18 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2013
By Jim Bradley
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
James Kennedy grew up in Charlotte and attends Boston's Emerson College. When Eyewitness News spoke with him by Skype on Friday, he just learned his campus was again on lockdown. "Honestly, the first thing I thought was, 'Not again,'" he said. Kennedy's dorm is two blocks from where the bombs went off Monday and early Friday morning his phone and email lit up with messages from the college. Emergency alerts told him and other students to remain inside. The college website went further saying, "Get indoors, shut and lock all doors and windows. Stay inside until informed that it's safe to go outside." "I'm staying in the building. RAs are taking shifts working the desk downstairs and making sure that the only people moving around the building are residents in this building," Kennedy said. As the police manhunt for the bombing suspect played out in and around Boston, Kennedy's mom in Charlotte was thinking "not again" too. Diane Zablotsky got a text from her son, "I'm OK. Just woke up. Crazy, crazy stuff." "I want to see my child. I want to make sure he's OK. And how long am I going to have to wait to make sure that's the case?" Zablotsky said. For Kennedy, another day of lockdown is full of frustration and fatigue and a wish for the worst to be over. "It's really upsetting. I know we're all looking forward to the blockades being gone and being able to sort of get our city back a little bit," he said.
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