CVCC Evacuated After Morning Threat
An incoming threat caused the evacuation of Catawba Valley Community College just before noon earlier today. Students, faculty and staff on the main and east campuses were notified of the evacuation by loud speaker announcements and the in-house TV system, as well as college personnel spreading the word and emergency texts and email. School officials called the threat “perceived,” and have not yet released what the threat was. CVCC’s safety committee called an emergency committee meeting at about 11 a.m. Wednesday in relation to the threat and discussed which plan of action to take. The committee and school officials decided it would be best to evacuate the campus and cancel day and evening classes for the main and east campuses. The dozen law enforcement vehicles spotted on CVCC’s campus drove away at about 12:45 p.m., and Hickory Deputy Chief of Police Clyde Deal said the threat was over. This is not the first time a campus evacuation has occured this year. A gunman was spotted on CVCC’s east campus on Jan. 18, resulting in the east and main campuses being locked down for hours. The gunman was never caught. Classes are set to resume on a regular schedule tomorrow.