Social media threat prompts closing of Rowan County college

College reopens after social media threat

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College north campus was closed for a good part of the day on Wednesday following a threat made on social media.

School officials decided to close the entire RCCC campus through 5 p.m. after threats were made at the Rowan County Early College. The threat was dealt with, officials said, and the decision was made to reopen the north campus at 5 pm.

The Rowan County Early College is located on the north campus of RCCC.

“The threat to the College’s north campus has been addressed by the Salisbury Police Department working with campus security and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office,” Sarah Walker of RCCC said. “At this time, we have been in communication with local authorities who have indicated that the suspect is no longer a threat to the College’s North Campus.”

The initial lockdown and the closing of the north campus happened just before 11 am. Officials with RCCC heard a 911 call from the Rowan County Early College about the threat, and began the investigation.

“In an abundance of caution, we are closing North Campus and all students, faculty and staff need to leave the campus for the duration of the day. North Campus Early College students should report back to the North Campus Early College. All other campus locations will continue normal operations,” school officials said in a release.

The school is located off Jake Alexander Boulevard.

According to Salisbury Police, the suspect is a student at the early college who was suspended for 10 days prior to this incident. It appears, police say, that this stemmed from an argument he may have had with his ex-girlfriend and comments he may have made to other students.

“Law enforcement has a suspect, there was a student in question, " said Jonathan Chamberlain, Chief of College Environment, RCCC. “We became appraised of the situation and evaluated our protocols and ultimately determined that the safest thing for our students was to close the campus and move our people off the campus…it’s always a challenge when you do that, you never know how people are going to react, I would say it was relatively orderly.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-216-7600.

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