Man charged in Wake Tech lockdown
Posted January 24, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — The Wake County Sheriff's Office charged a 27-year-old man with communicating threats Tuesday after a lockdown at Wake Technical Community College.
Franklin Delano Rawls Jr., of Axum Road in Garner, is accused of threatening Latasha Stroud, also of Garner. He was being held on a $500 secured bond.
"This incident appears to be domestic-related and did not involve threats against Wake Tech," according to the sheriff's office.
Wake Tech lifted its lockdown around 10:30 a.m., about 90 minutes after a student reported getting a phone call about a man with a gun heading to campus.
Wake County sheriff's officials responded around 9 a.m. but did not find a man with a gun on school property. School officials say they had every building and classroom locked within 20 minutes.
"The goal is an hour, so that's really good," said Wake Tech President Stephen Scott.
Student Lillianna Tovar was stuck in computer class and said she didn't know what was going on until she got on Twitter and Facebook.
"Thank God it wasn't that bad," she said.
Wake Tech doesn't have its own Emergency Alert System for students, so the school partnered with the county last year to utilize its alert system. Sign up is voluntary and can be done through Wake Tech's website.
Students received a reminder email on Monday to sign up, but, because the information has to be manually inputted, anyone who signed up after last Friday wasn't in the system yet and didn't get Tuesday's alerts.