Officials at Wayne Community College say they are proud of how the school’s students and faculty reacted to a shooting Monday morning that left a longtime staff member dead.
Police say 20-year-old Kenneth Morgan Stancil III shot and killed Ron Lane in the third floor of a campus building Monday morning, sending the campus into a lockdown as officials scrambled to find the suspect.
April Barletter, a student at Wayne Community College, said she was taking a quiz when she heard beeping. Students then received a text indicating there was a shooting and the college was on lockdown.
Barletter said her teacher moved them to a corner of the classroom, turned off the lights and barricaded the door with a table. Monday’s lockdown was the first for Barletter.
“I hoped it didn’t escalate into something more,” she said.
Cichini Lewis recalled, “I was up in the library, and I heard a loud bang and it sounded like a gunshot.”
“Our librarian came and got us and put us inside the office and we followed our lockdown procedure,” she said.
In the event of an active drill, students and staff at Wayne Community College are encouraged to stay calm and seek shelter. Policy dictates that students will be evacuated or placed on lockdown if necessary.
The school’s policy further says students and staff will be alerted to the situation via the schools alert system, social media, email and more. An all-clear will be given once the threat is over.
“We kept hearing some beeping across the intercom, and then we received a text saying the school was on lockdown and that it wasn’t a drill,” Varletter said.
Wake Technical Community College, Durham Technical Community College, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, Meredith College, North Carolina Central University, N.C. State University, Campbell University and St. Augustine’s University all agree that the safety of their students is the number one priority and they all have plans in place to handle a threat.
Extra law enforcement will be on campus at Wayne Community College on Tuesday to help students and staff feel safe.
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