CLINTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — Students and faculty at Hamilton College were locked down for over six hours after the college received threats of bombs and shooters on campus.
The school received threats at the Kirner-Johnson building at 11:21 a.m. and locked down immediately after. Police and first responders rushed to the scene as students and faculty members sheltered in place across the entire campus.
The southern part of the campus was evacuated just an hour later after police found a suspicious package. Students were guided by police in the evacuation. Bomb squad technicians and K-9 units responded to investigate the package, which was later found to be non-threatening.
Hamilton authorities have communicated with their students and staff over the emergency communication system and social media. Students were still locked down at 5 p.m. while officers and K-9 units continued to clear the campus.
The school — under advisement of police — lifted its lock down just before 6:00 p.m. Officials say the claims of both bombs and shooters are unsubstantiated, and they are now searching for the person who called the threats in.