Praise Friday night from CCC’s President, Dr. Katherine Douglas, for the way law enforcement officials handled Friday morning’s lockdown on the campus of the college.
Around 11 a.m. students, faculty, and staff received a safety alert — instructing them to shelter in place.
CCC’s Administrations says a suspicious object was reported to campus safety.
“Everyone was told to stay in place,” said Bill Little, Executive Director for Institutional Advancement at CCC.
“The State Troopers and the local police were contacted, they arrived on campus promptly, and the State Troopers conducted a building by building search.”
But rumors ignited on social media and across campus.
“The first thing I did was call my parents and I didn’t want them to be scared so I let them know that everything was okay for right now,” said student Jessica Hickey.
By 12:30 Friday afternoon, the lockdown was lifted as the suspicious object was identified.
“It was determined later that the student or the person actually had an art project that they were carrying under a sheet,” said Little.
“It looked like it could’ve been a gun or it could’ve been a knife, it was wrapped and that student was talked to about that.”
A false alarm taken seriously — following a string of incidents at other college campuses — one just earlier this week at Ohio State University.
“It’s so normal nowadays for people to just come and shoot schools… and like actually kinda scary because it happens all the time,” said student Jory Caldarelli.
CCC administration applauds students, faculty, staff, and first responders for the way they responded to a situation that could’ve had a much different ending.
“The fact of the matter is there was no gunman on campus there was no weapon on campus there was nothing,” said Little.
“But the lockdown was a precaution and it made a great deal of sense that we did exactly what we did.”