UPDATE: Student Makes Threats At Harford Community College

Police were called to the community college Monday.

UPDATED (12:50 p.m.)—Police swarmed  late Monday morning after a male student allegedly made threats on campus.

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Around 10:40 a.m. deputies responded to a call that an emotionally disturbed person was on campus making "dangerous threats," according to Monica Worrell, public information officer with the sheriff's office.

Worrell explained a student of the college was near the college library threatening harm to himself and others. The suspect was taken into custody without incident around 11:20 a.m., according to Worrell.

The male student, whose identity police have not released, had no weapons at the time he was taken into custody, Worrell wrote in an email to Patch.

The student was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Around 12:30 p.m. some Harford Community College students started recieving alert text messages and phone calls about the incident. The message indicated normal activities had resumed at the school.

An outcry on social media started in the late morning with users on Twitter questioning the increased presence of law enforcement on campus, posting pictures and expressing both fear and humor in the face of the situation.

Stick with Patch for updates.

1ke April 10, 2012 at 02:10 PM
It seems like the administration, which includes campus police and the public relations arm of the school, managed the situation as gracefully as possible. Grace under pressure is the gold standard, not catering to the anxieties of parents and pundits via social media. Being city-bred, I have learned that you better do something when you hear gunfire. Anything prior to that is alarmist and weak. Anything too long after that is just plain dangerous. In a country armed to the teeth, that's just how it is.
Hollee Sifford April 10, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I agree with boricua!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!A parent will ALWAYS worry...OUR business or NOT!!!!IF my child attended HCC I would have been VERY CONCERNED.....PERIOD!!!!!
Dr. B April 10, 2012 at 02:12 PM
As someone who has taught at the high school level and a currently at HCC, I can honestly say that parental involvement is a bit excessive these days. Young people are not developing the skills they need to handle real-life crises with the constant presence of Mom and/or Dad. We need to put a stop to the constant text messaging between parents and children (even during class), the emailed excused from parents of twenty year olds for missed assignments and absences, and the utter lack of independence and personal responsibility this extended childhood has created. Trust that in any situation your child will implement the life skills you have taught them rather than showing up to intervene. Fortunately, nothing happened yesterday. Be glad. But, what if your child was forty years old and a similar incident occured in the workplace? Would you expect your child’s boss to notify you? When do we cut the cord these days?
Hollee Sifford April 10, 2012 at 02:29 PM
CUT THE CORD?????Simply put in a WORD...............CONCERN....AS a parent of a 17 y.o. high school student I understand life lessons and owning responsibility...HOWEVER.....Neither of these were /are the issue here the issue....for me anyway is just plain old parental CONCERN!!!!!!!!!!!My son will be heading to college in the fall and YES,he will be responsible for HIS actions and study skills and so on but................IF he gets in a situation or the school he chooses to attend gets in a DANGEROUS situation I would hope THE SCHOOL takes EVERY EFFORT to make THE STUDENTS aware in a TIMELY fashion.
kim April 11, 2012 at 07:05 PM
thank you, thank you, thank you. i'm a student at HCC and i 100% agree. HCC has a rule that information about grades, etc. cannot be shared with anyone BUT the student (to include parents) for a reason.. it's getting out of hand.


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