Tameside College in Manchester was placed on lockdown in the interests of student safety amid fears a gunman could strike on campus.
David Scanlan, head of marketing at Tameside College, told Express.co.uk: “There was a threat made and after consultation with police we acted upon their advice and kept students away.”
Nearby Bury College was also issued with a terrifying threat from someone claiming to have a gun, but staff decided to tighten security and keep the facility open.
A 17-year-old student at Tameside College said: “They took it really seriously because they locked (the college) down straight away. It’s across all ten buildings.
“The tutors just said there would be a controlled evacuation. After a bit they unlocked the doors and let us out.”
Sara Karimi, 18, arrived at college this morning but was unable to enter as the gates were locked.
She said: “Some people were scared because they came running out hugging their friends. Some people were really bothered.”
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “At around 10.30am police were called to a report of a threat made against a College in Tameside.
“Then at 11.30am regarding a threat made against a college in Bury.”
But following the response from both schools no such incident took place.
A Tameside college spokesperson said: “At lunchtime today, Tameside College evacuated staff and students from all its sites. All students and staff are safe and well.
“This precaution was taken in collaboration with Greater Manchester Police.
“Tameside College will remain closed for the rest of the day.
“All evening classes have been cancelled. Tameside College will be open as normal tomorrow morning. Updates can be found on the college website and social media.”
Principal Jackie Moore added: “This morning the college received a threat which we had to act upon in liaison with Greater Manchester Police.
“With immediate effect we instigated our safeguarding processes to ensure that all students and staff remained in a safe environment.
“Through the cooperation of students, staff, parents, police and the local authority we have ensured the incident has been dealt with swiftly and effectively.
“We have taken the decision to close the college today and will open as normal tomorrow.”
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