OLYMPIA – The Evergreen State College canceled classes and cleared the campus Thursday morning after local law enforcement received what it considered a “direct threat.”
The Thurston County sheriff’s office contacted college officials to report they had received a 911 call from someone claiming to be armed and on their way to the campus.
College officials who made the decision shortly after 10:30 a.m. to evacuate off-campus students, faculty and staff, Sandra Kaiser, the vice president for college relations, said. Students who live on campus were told to go to their dormitories and stay there.
Law enforcement officials searched the campus, but did not find anyone who posed a threat.
Parents who had children in the college’s day care and early learning programs were notified to pick up their children. But when they arrived, law enforcement officers who were directing traffic away from the campus refused to let them in, resulting in some tense exchanges before a system was worked out to let the parents on campus.
The campus is nearing the end of the spring quarter. On Thursday evening the college announced it is suspending classes and will remain closed on Friday.
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