A ‘gun threat on campus’ prompted the closure of Washington College Monday and those on campus are asked to shelter in place, according to school officials.
The school in Chestertown on Maryland’s Eastern Shore tweeted around 6:45 a.m. Monday that classes were temporarily suspended, the Baltimore Sun reports.
“Please continue to shelter in place. Faculty/staff do not report. Await word from DPS,” the school said on Twitter.
— Washington College (@washcoll) November 16, 2015
Early Monday, officials at the college were notified by parents of a sophomore saying that the student returned home and retrieved a firearm, the college said.
The parents have been unable to reach Marberger and do not know his location or where their armed son is headed.
“Due to an abundance of caution the college has decided to close campus for the time being and asks all students and staff on campus to shelter in place,” the statement read.
“Anyone off campus should stay away from campus until further notice.”
Campus public safety and local law enforcement officials are conducting a sweep of the parking lots and campus buildings, according to the school.
It was not made clear as to who owned the gun the student retrieved from the home.
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