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CVCC evacuated until Thursday

April 25, 2012

(O-N-E photo by Matthew Tessnear)

Police on the scene of an evacuation at Catawba Valley Community College tell The O-N-E that students and staff should not return to the school's two campuses until tomorrow.

Just before noon, a mandatory evacuation was ordered at the East and Main campuses due to a "perceived threat," according to a release from the college. The Challenger Early College High School was also evacuated.

Police confirmed to The O-N-E that the threat was related to the safety of the school. Sources indicate that a threatening note was found in a restroom on the school's main campus.

Soon after the evacuation, #CVCC tags exploded on Twitter, with many people referring to a bomb threat.

The nature of a threat has not been confirmed with police.

The college also delivered brief details about the evacuation through Twitter and its website at www.cvcc.edu. Students and staff in college's phone contact database were also notified by a "robo call," about 12:12 p.m.

Several students on campus told The O-N-E authorities first told them to evacuate their buildings, then to evacuate the campus.

Afternoon classes are cancelled and CVCC students staff have been directed to leave campus until tomorrow.

Classes at CVCC's Newton campus are continuing as normal, although students there were notified by a automatic call alerting them to the evacuation.

Students, faculty and staff may pick up any personal belongings left behind today, April 25, between 3-5 p.m., in Room 139 of the Cuyler Dunbar Building. Anyone returing to campus between 3 and 5 should use the Startown Road entrance. Other entrances will be blocked.

The O-N-E is still working on this story and will deliver more information as it becomes available.

In January, the college was evacuated due to the threat of a suspected gun man on the school's east campus. Police never found anyone with a gun on the either the East or Main campuses.

Anyone with information or who received notice about the evacuation can contact us at onenews@observernewsonline.com, or call 828-464-0221.

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