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Ammo belt alarms college

PORTLAND – A student detained at Lewis & Clark College on Wednesday was wearing an ammunition belt as what a Portland police officer called “a fashion accessory.”

Portland Police spokeswoman Catherine Kent said the belt was made of spent cartridges. Campus officers confiscated it. He did not have a weapon and got what the campus president called “a stern talking-to.”

By e-mail and phone calls, officials told students, staff and faculty to stay put, a warning lifted after 11 minutes.

“We were very close to shutting down the campus and would have done so, but we learned the student had been apprehended,” said President Thomas Hochstettler. He said the student understands wearing the belt was “an ill-advised thing to be doing at this juncture.”