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Vance-Granville Community College locked down after report of armed person

Posted November 25, 2013

— 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.


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  • Bill of Rights Nov 26, 2013

    crustyhalo: I'll defend myself with whatever is at hand. A chair, a leg from a table ... heck, I'll use a ballpoint pen if I need to. Even my closed fits could be considered a weapon, if I have the ability to assess the threat and give myself as much tactical advantage as possible.

    I'd certainly prefer that over the alternative, which is to cocoon myself and simply hope for the best.

  • crustyhalo Nov 26, 2013

    Why would you want to assess the threat when you have nothing to defend yourself with?

  • Classified Nov 26, 2013

    "This campus is located off of 85 you know the route the Northerns use to come south! So you never know who might come on campus!"

    Yeah I believe if they're the "Northerns" they'd be called the faculty.

  • Armyguy Nov 26, 2013

    Shelter in place is nothing but victim pooling. Just wait, one of these nut jobs someday will find a "shelter" a have a field day.

  • Monkey_Joe Nov 26, 2013

    The "shelter in place" is tried and true public school response to everything. Duck and cover fixes EVERYTHING. Well it is a very bad idea when you are dealing with violent offenders. It's still better than a school in the area that wanted to gather everyone in the auditorium in such cases. I wonder, what could be wrong with that?

    Mike H, I could not agree with you more. You are right that safety should be everyone's responsibility but it always falls to very few people. I love it when I'm on a plane and meet someone's gaze where we nod "I got your back... you get mine" while everyone else is fluffing their pillows.

  • Bill of Rights Nov 25, 2013

    thepeopleschamp wrote: "... but when you are actually responsible for a campus of young people, or have a child in one of those schools, you don't get to be so flippant."

    The very idea of any one person being responsible for campus safety is a huge fallacy. EVERYONE is responsible for campus safety. And when something bad happens, responsibility doesn't mean cocooning one's self and feigning fealty to the authorities.

    I'm all for the police, but I don't believe that these campus lockdowns are a good thing. Being confined to a small space gives a potential victim no tactical advantage. No vantage point from which to assess the threat. And, heaven forbid, very little opportunity to respond to an immediate threat. From the perspective of law enforcement, it makes entering the crime scene all the more tense.

    As long as we are content to outsource our safety, we'll see this sort of hyper-reactivity put more and more people in danger.

  • Ex-Republican Nov 25, 2013

    "The lockdown was lifted by 12:30 p.m. Afternoon classes were canceled, but evening classes resumed as normal."

    Common sense is dead. I would say this is like an SNL skit, but SNL stopped being funny in the 80s. It's more like some Seinfeld bit where everything is taken to the utmost extreme.

  • LetsBeFair Nov 25, 2013

    if there was a robbery in the parking lot, what on earth would they be doing there most college people are broke for one. And folks on 85 are going to fast to stop at a comm college to rob someone. gee wiz.

  • LetsBeFair Nov 25, 2013

    last time something like this happened the person was armed with an umbrella. Come on, having a firearm doesn't mean the person is going to start shooting everyone.

  • djofraleigh Nov 25, 2013

    "Armed person" avoids saying sex, race, age, etc. Why not say if it was a rifle or pistol, at least. If someone saw a weapon then they could describe the person a bit, like White Coat, red sneakers, cammies, What is it that makes crazy mass murderers, even ones never in the military, think that putting on military grab is the right fashion for mayhem? Tells me that the media is prescribing the dress and the action needed to be a notoriously infamous.