Lockdown lifted at Catawba Valley Community College campuses

Lockdown lifted at Catawba Valley Community College campuses

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - A lockdown that was put in place Friday afternoon at Catawba Valley Community College's Main Campus and East Campus due to a heavy police presence in the area has been lifted.

The school wrote a Facebook post and Tweeted about the lockdown at 12:13 p.m. Friday stating the school was acting with an "abundance of caution."

Main Campus and East Campus Lock Down Alert

A short time later, CVCC said there was "no danger detected" on campus, but they are still asking everyone to stay sheltered in place while precautionary procedures are followed by law enforcement on campus.

According to law enforcement officials, this all started after a woman posted on Facebook she was scared because several people on campus were armed with guns. Her boyfriend saw this, and called the Alamance County Sheriff's Office, who then called the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.

Abigail Shook was one of the students who was inside a campus building at the time the lockdown went into effect.

"You just don't know what to do in that moment. I didn't know if I needed to go into a classroom, but I was right by the door, so I thought the best bet was to go outside, get in the car, and leave campus," Shook said. "I'm still shaking, because it was a scary moment."

Several parents were standing across the street from campus, waiting for confirmation their children would be safe.

"My wife and I have been keeping in touch with [our daughter], she's been texting us, letting us know she's safe, said Israel Rivera.

Investigators looked for the boyfriend and girlfriend who started this panic at their homes, but they weren't there.

Shortly after the lockdown went into effect, the SWAT team went into each building, looking for any threat, and evacuating students and staff inside.

At 2:30 p.m., CVCC tweeted that the lockdown was lifted and that "the emergency is over."

No other details have been released about why so many officers were called to the school.

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