Hilbert college students and parents demand answers after possible campus threat


Several students and parents say they’re being left in the dark after a possible threat on the Hilbert College campus this week. A student is now in police custody, but it’s not clear why. Parents and students say they’re upset that administrators haven’t given them much information.

The campus at Hilbert College is quiet, but the students here are making a lot of noise.  Some students say they’re afraid to be on campus after an alleged incident a few days ago.

“Scared and I was upset that nobody told me or told anyone really. None of the teachers knew none of the students knew,” said a Hilbert College senior.

Hilbert College says in a statement:

On the evening of 4/15/2018, the Hilbert College Campus Safety Department received information, indirectly, that a student on campus was in possession of a weapon. A report was taken and Campus Safety Officers immediately began work to determine if the report was credible.  Upon completion of the investigation that evening, it was determined there was no imminent threat to the campus.”

A senior, who didn’t want to go on camera, tells us she’s relieved there wasn’t a major threat. But she says she didn’t get a notice from administrators about any incident until Wednesday.

“We deserved to know what was going on at the time that it was going on,” said the Hilbert college senior.

“I know there’s certain policies where they can’t say all of the information that’s going on. We do not like the way it was handled,” said another Hilbert College senior.

According to students, the person who allegedly made threats was evaluated and back on campus Wednesday. Later, though, he was taken into custody by police.

A senior tells News 4 she has a class with that student which she skipped out of fear.

“I pay to go there, my friends pay to go there and we all left school today and are missing class because we’re scared,” said the student.

Another senior says she expected more from the private college.

“It’s just the fact that Hilbert won’t disclose any information. It makes it very uncomfortable,” said the senior.

A spokesperson for Hilbert College says in a statement:

“Our top priority is ensuring that students are safe and have access to appropriate support services. As much as time has allowed, we have personally reached out to and met with numerous students.”

-Matt Heidt, director of Marketing and Communications

The seniors News 4 spoke with say they hope administrators will keep current and future students better informed. Hamburg police say they are investigating. The student is in custody as of Wednesday night, but neither Hilbert College nor police will say why.

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