ECC lockdown lifted, student who made threat to another student located


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The lockdown at ECC South Campus is lifted, and school officials are closing the campus for the remainder of the day.

Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for ECC Paula Sandy told News 4, on Wednesday morning, a student reported that they’d been in an off-campus incident with another student Tuesday night, resulting in another student threatening them.

Sandy says the campus immediately went into lockdown after the student reported this threat to the security office and remained in place until authorities located the other student.

According to Sandy, police located the second student at an address in the City of Buffalo and was not on campus when located.

Sandy says the campus went into immediate lockdown because ECC officials felt a credible threat to the campus community and wanted to ensure their safety.

Hamburg, Orchard Park, and state police responded to the campus and checked each campus building with campus security to assure the second student was not on campus.

Officials say the campus closure is to ensure any students or staff on campus can go home to process any stress they may have been under or seek any additional help they may need.

Sandy tells us there will be a full investigation of the incident that took place off-campus. She also says because there were threats against another student, repercussions for the student would be determined by the college’s code of conduct.

The lockdown had been in place since 8:30 a.m. and lifted just before noon.

Sandy says the student is being interviewed by Hamburg police.

Evan Anstey is an Associated Press Award and Emmy-nominated digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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