Brevard College was locked down and students and staff were told to shelter in place Tuesday after learning of a “credible threat” to the campus, according to the college’s website, which the university later said was determined to be "unsubstantiated."
Below is the original alert message posted on the site’s homepage:
We have information that there is a credible threat to our campus. While investigating a possible threat, Brevard College campus has been locked down as a precaution. All students, faculty and staff have been asked to shelter in place. Authorities have been notified and our emergency response system has been activated.
The Transylvania County Sheriff's Office said the incident involved a third party threat of a possible shooting at the college. Deputies said there was not an active shooter situation at the college but precautions were being taken and all schools in the county were placed on a "Code Yellow" alert.
Below is the full statement from the sheriff's office:
Transylvania County Sheriff's Office is assisting Brevard Police Department and Brevard College in an investigation of what appears to be a third party threat of a possible shooting at Brevard College. There is NOT an active shooter at Brevard College, but precautions are being taken at all schools while the investigation is ongoing. Transylvania County schools are currently on a "code yellow" as a standard precaution; there is NO KNOWN THREAT at this time to any public schools. Updates to follow as we have them.
The college's student newspaper, The Clarion, posted an email on Facebook that was sent to everyone on campus:The Clarion - The Student Newspaper at Brevard College, NC
Just before 1 p.m. the college tweeted that everyone was safe but the lockdown was ongoing.
BC Community: Brevard College campus is on lockdown as a precaution following the investigation of a possible threat. All faculty, staff, and students are safe and are asked to remain in place until further notice.— Brevard College (@BrevardCollege) February 27, 2018
At 1:07 p.m. the school tweeted that the lockdown had been lifted and that law enforcement had cleared the college for normal operations.
Update: The earlier threat to campus has been unsubstantiated and the authorities have cleared campus for regular operations. We appreciate the college community's patience during this event and are grateful that everyone and our campus is safe.— Brevard College (@BrevardCollege) February 27, 2018
Brevard police said high school students visiting the school were discussing an old news report and a third party misunderstood the conversation, believing it to be a potential active threat.
"There was never an active threat to anyone on campus," police said.
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