LCCC to reopen today after threat passes
NANTICOKE - Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) announced its college campuses will reopen at 8 a.m. today after a threat against the institution had passed.
In an email received Friday afternoon, LCCC announced that campuses will reopen at 8 a.m. after a threat of violence was directed at the college.
"The email message identified the specific date and time when the action would occur," the LCCC email reads. "That time has passed without incident."
The release says the college will resume normal operations, but as a precaution, increased security will be provided by the college.
Officials kept its main and satellite campuses closed again Friday while authorities continue to investigate a threat received via an email.
LCCC ordered an evacuation of its main campus and satellite offices Thursday morning after the discovery of the threat. A text alert was issued that the college would close at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
"Staff and students are asked to vacate the campus in an orderly fashion as soon as possible," the text alert said.
At a news conference around noon Thursday, college President Thomas P. Leary would not provide details about the email and the threat, noting that law enforcement was investigating. Nanticoke police Chief William Shultz said the FBI, state police and the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office were assisting.
"We want to reassure everyone involved, the entire college community, that we are going to exercise every precaution until the investigation is completed," Leary said.
LCCC reported Friday that the investigation of this matter is ongoing.
Locally, LCCC campuses in Shamokin and Kulpmont were closed after the alert Thursday morning as a precautionary measure. LCCC conducts classes on the fourth floor of the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center on East Arch Street, Shamokin, and operates a nursing program on the top floor at Roosevelt Courts, which is owned by Northumberland County Housing Authority in Kulpmont. All other entities that operate in those buildings remained open throughout the day.
Northumberland County officials were notified about the threat, but decided to keep the buildings open after being informed it only pertained to the LCCC main campus.