Vance-Granville Community College locked down after report of armed person
Posted November 25, 2013
Henderson, N.C. — Vance-Granville Community College's main campus was locked down for about an hour Monday after someone reported seeing an armed person on campus.
The lockdown was lifted by 12:30 p.m. Afternoon classes were canceled, but evening classes resumed as normal. It's unclear if anyone was arrested.
Student Rose Joyner was taking a test when the lockdown happened.
“We all gathered into a small room and kept quiet and kept the lights out,” she said.
After about 30 minutes, Joyner said, a police officer came on the public address system and said the school was being evacuated and classes were canceled.
Student Amber Batten was alone in a classroom when the campus went on lockdown and says she wishes the school did a better job alerting students to the incident.
"I was worried why there wasn't anything sent out," Batten said.
Students say they did not receive any texts or emails about the lockdown. The school's website made no mention of it. The school did post about the incident on Facebook about three hours after it was over.
Stacey Carter-Coley, VGCC vice president of employee and public relations, did not say whether the report of an armed person proved true or what led to the resolution.