A Virginia Western Community College official told the Associated Press Monday that the school was on lockdown and campus police were working on the situation.
College spokesman Josh Meyer said in an email that the school in Roanoke was locked down just before noon Monday. He did not specify a reason for the lockdown.
The school tweeted that people should close and lock doors and stay away from windows. Anyone who was not currently on campus was advised to avoid campus.
VWCC is on Lockdown. Close and lock the doors. Stay away from windows and doors. Do not leave the room until you receive all clear signal.— Virginia Western (@Virginia Western)1462809649.0
If you are not currently on campus, please avoid coming to campus until all clear is given.— Virginia Western (@Virginia Western)1462809942.0
The college lifted its lockdown less than an hour after the initial report.
Virginia Western campus is all clear and lockdown is lifted. Campus police have thoroughly investigated campus.— Virginia Western (@Virginia Western)1462811438.0
But just a few minutes later, officials announced another lockdown.
Another lockdown has been triggered. While it is believed to be a faulty alert, please resume lockdown and treat it as real.— Virginia Western (@Virginia Western)1462812025.0
Stay in a secure and safe location until the all clear is given again.— Virginia Western (@Virginia Western)1462812097.0
That second lockdown has also been lifted, according to the school's Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Campus is all clear. Normal operations and activities can resume.— Virginia Western (@Virginia Western)1462812223.0
The reason behind the abrupt lockdowns remains unknown, though the Roanoke Times reported that Monday's events may have been caused by a faulty device. The school had no classes scheduled this week as exams wrapped up Saturday.