The lockdown was put in place at 11:05 a.m. after students reported seeing someone with what they perceived to be a gun near Café ’64, SCC wrote in a Facebook post. One Jackson County Sheriff’s Office sergeant who serves on campus was in the vicinity at the time, and more law enforcement officers from JCSO were immediately called to the scene.
Officers launched a thorough investigation, interviewing witnesses and reviewing security footage of the individual in question, the post said. They determined that the students who reported the possible weapon were mistaken, and the lockdown was lifted at 2:16 p.m.
Day classes on campus have been cancelled following lifting of the lockdown, as the situation has been stressful and made it difficult for students to focus on their studies, the post said. JCSO officers are on SCC campus during all operating hours. To receive updated information during critical incidents, the public can subscribe to the alert system at www.southwesterncc.edu/notifications.