Greenfield Community College lockdown lifted; Classes canceled for rest of day

Franklin County

Greenfield Community College dismissed classes for the day and went into lockdown for about half an hour on Thursday. The lockdown and early dismissal were prompted by a troubling phone call.

“We had a phone report from Brattleboro Police,” GCC President Yves Salomon-Fernandez explained. “They informed us that there may be a threat and so we were very cautious in collaboration with our public safety office as well as Massachusetts State Police.”

Once the college and police determined there was no immediate danger, the half-hour lockdown was lifted shortly before noon, and classes canceled for the day.

“We plan for this. and we were ready,” GCC’s Public Safety Director Alex Wiltz told 22News. “As soon as we received what we had as a potential threat we activated our emergency alert system which puts our building in lockdown.”

But this case is far from closed. A joint investigation is now underway into whatever it was that prompted that warning from police in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Classes will resume as normal on Friday.

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