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Police Give All Clear After UC Receives Threat To Campus
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Mar. 20, 2013 5:29 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 20, 2013 11:40 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The University of Charleston campus was briefly on lockdown Wednesday, after a threat was allegedly made against the school.
Students got an emergency alert just after 4:00 p.m. Officials said a third party threat was made and said they did not want to take any chances.
"You know it can happen anywhere at anytime, so it's kind of, like, did I get unlucky?" student Kelsey LaCroix said.
"I was thinking there was something like a drug bust, or something like that, and we had asked around," LaCroix said. "No one, even the RA's, knew, so we were just kind of hoping, wondering what was going on. Hoping no one got hurt."
UC President Ed Welch said the school got information that a threat of violence had been made toward the campus.
"We chose to take it seriously because it's much better to do that than not," Welch said.
The school immediately sent out alerts telling students and staff to stay where they were.
"Here, I'm really not worried about it," student Emily Moore said. "You just don't expect it to happen, but when you see policemen, it kind of gives you a little bit of a worry."
Last September, the school conducted a mock disaster, playing out a scenario where there was an active shooter on campus.
Welch said Wednesday's incident helped them put the skills they learned into action.
"That practice helped us be prepared to respond appropriately today," he said.
The lockdown was lifted minutes later, after police found no evidence of an actual threat.
"There wasn't a lot of panic or anything, so it's better than most schools would have handled it," Moore said.
Welch would not elaborate on the specifics of the threat, but said no arrests were made.
University of Charleston students were asked to stay in place Wednesday afternoon, after officials were made aware of a possible threat to safety on the campus in Kanawha City.
Law enforcement responded quickly and campus operations returned to normal within a few minutes, University of Charleston President Ed Welch said in a statement to the media Wednesday.
Charleston Police have the situation under control and the all-clear has been given to the campus, Welch said.
Officials said they will provide more information as soon as all the facts have been gathered.
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