Durham Technical Community College Evacuated As Police Investigate Bomb Threat :: WRAL.com


Several North Carolina law enforcement agencies and the FBI are investigating a series of bomb threats against North Carolina community colleges.

On Thursday, the FBI released a statement:

“The FBI is aware of the bomb threats made against several North Carolina community colleges and stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed,” the statement said. “The FBI takes all threats seriously and would like to remind the public if you see anything suspicious or have information about potential threats, notify local law enforcement immediately.”

On Thursday, several bomb threats were reported at community colleges in North Carolina, including Durham Technical Community College, Edgecombe Community College, Johnston Community College, Lenoir Community College, Martin Community College, Vance-Granville Community College and Wayne Community College .

“It’s a bad actor or actors situation – we don’t know. We take this very seriously. We can’t afford not to. Fortunately, no device or anything has was found at one of our campuses, but we don’t know at this point. It’s still early in the investigation,” said Thomas Stith III, president of North Carolina Community Colleges.

Law enforcement did not say whether the threats were related. The majority of schools have resumed their normal activities.

Everything is clear after the evacuation of Durham Tech

At around 3pm on Thursday, Durham Police gave the go-ahead after investigating a reported bomb threat at Durham Technical Community College.

Durham Tech executives said police swept the campus and found nothing suspicious. Leaders said 550 students were on campus at the time and were evacuated. Thursday, Aislinn Martinez Lopez was among the students on campus for orientation. She spoke to WRAL News about what happened.

“I didn’t expect that from them,” Lopez said. “It seemed like it was pretty safe. I don’t know what to think. It’s pretty mind-blowing.”

Around 11 a.m. Thursday, Durham Tech was ordered to shelter in place after a bomb threat hit the main Lawson Street campus, according to school officials.

“I’m very young, so I was a little scared,” Lopez said. “They were a little freaked out, the parents, because they didn’t know, like, what if it was a real bomb?”

Durham Police Service, along with other law enforcement officers, responded to the threat

Lawson Street on Briggs Avenue in Durham was closed to the public for several hours, along with the university campus. Around noon Thursday, all buildings on the building’s main campus were evacuated as police investigated the bomb threat.

School leaders said at the time that “students and employees on the main campus should exit immediately”. Additionally, principals said the main campus would remain closed for the remainder of Thursday.

Bomb threat reported at Edgecombe Community College

Edgecombe Community College leaders confirm the school’s Rocky Mount campus was evacuated on Thursday afternoon as Rocky Mount Police investigate a reported bomb threat.

Headteachers said it appears there were reports of bomb threats received by multiple community colleges simultaneously on Thursday.

Edgecombe County Community College’s Rocky Mount campus will remain closed for the remainder of Thursday, principals said.

Johnston Community College also receives a bomb threat

Johnston County Community College leaders also said they received a bomb threat Thursday against the Wilson Building, the first main building on campus.

The building was evacuated and authorities found nothing, principals said.

Johnston County Community College remains open.

Lenoir Community College receives a threat

A school spokesperson confirmed that Lenoir Community College received a bomb threat on Thursday. The building was cleared and normal operation resumed after authorities investigated.

Lenoir Community College closed its library, which was the building targeted by the threat, school leaders said.

Martin County Sheriff’s Office investigating bomb threat at Martin Community College

Martin Community College received a bomb threat around 12:58 p.m. Thursday, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities evacuated the campus and law enforcement searched the campus.

The sheriff’s office cleared the buildings and the college has resumed operations, according to the sheriff’s office.

Vance-Granville Community College receives a bomb threat

Principals said Vance-Granville Community College received a bomb threat on Thursday, but authorities gave the go-ahead.

The school was evacuated while deputies investigated, headteachers said.


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