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.

DB April 09, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Need more info on the timeline and alerts. According to this story the incident started at 10:40am and ended at 11:20am. Yet our student was only notified at 12.31pm of the incident and the all clear. Shouldn't there have been an earlier alert/notification of the incident and to stay clear until resolved?
boricua April 09, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I agree, why did it take so long for the parents and the students to be notified?
Kirsten Dize April 09, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I made a call to the college. I'm looking for an answer to that very question.
Harford Student April 09, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I think it takes time for the school authorities to decide how to appropraitely handle a situation like this. After the fact, the student didn't cause harm to himself or others. So maybe there was a question as to whether it was a good idea to panic the rest of the student body, when the situation had been dissolved. Plus, this is an emotionally disturbed kid and maybe there was a question about alerting the student body and having everyone know what had happened. Nobody is saying if the threat's he was making were against himself or others. Think it through...it's not just about you.
Chanse Scott April 09, 2012 at 07:42 PM
It shouldn't take any time at all! If there is a situation going on they have the means to alert students asap! Not very good way for the school to handle this! Students should have been notified as soon as it was learned of a problem! This is why the Virginia tech. Issue is still in the news recently....
DB April 09, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Time will kill you. Just ask the parent's of students killed at Virgina Tech. Better to issue an alert if something is happening of this type. An emotionally disturbed kid can kill just as quick as one who isn't. Another question is why did it take 30 minutes to apprehend the subject? HCC is a relative small campus with a security staff.
Katie April 09, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Dear god, who cares. Alert the students for what? Some loser is standing outside the library talking to himself? At one college I went too, someone ran around campus naked and we only found out if we were there. I dont really want a text message and an email from the college about something stupid like this. I bet half of the students wouldn't even have known any better and went on with their day. Long story short, southern nothing to do town freaks out over nothing, the end.
CB9678 April 10, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Why should parents be notified unless the student is under 18. If they are 18 or over they are an adult and FERPA makes it their buisness!
Kathy Fenn April 10, 2012 at 02:24 AM
VT learned lots. They reacted immediately to the recent incident. Kids were told right away. One dead - take this seriuos. It hit their e-mails, facebook, etc. You cannot take a chance. However, what happened does not have to be on a college campus. It can and does happen anywhere!
Ashley April 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Katie, running around campus naked is a whole different ballpark than someone threatening to harm someone. Did you even read the article? Nothing happened, but nobody knew if he had a weapon or not. This situation could have been a lot different had just a few things been different. The goal is to prevent another Columbine or Virginia Tech. Knowledge is power and the more you have the more control you have over something.
Hollee Sifford April 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM
WOW!!!!Hope the P.R.dept and Security dept. Come to a resolution so this does not happen again....GLAD all students are safe
boricua April 10, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Eighteen or not, whether it was a real threat or not, doesn't matter what the situation is or was...My child is my child and it will always be our business no matter what age they are to know what goes on in their life. Yes, they are adults, however, losing a child because it is their business what they do, is not something any parent wants to hear.
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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