By Don Atkinson
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Anonymous calls to the Camden County College Public Safety Department led to an investigation of a potential threat of which students said they were unaware.
On Feb. 5, the Camden County College switchboard received several unverified phone calls through an anonymous source. The source stated an unknown male may be planning to “bring a gun to school,” providing no further information.
Public Safety immediately posted flyers and sent an email to all faculty members stating the incident and encouraging anyone who knew any information to contact Public Safety or 9-1-1.
Some students said they knew nothing about the incident.
“I didn’t even hear about the investigation,” stated 18-year-old Camden County College student Nia Smith. “I don’t think Public Safety could handle a situation of this nature. I believe if something like that were to come to pass, we would all die.”
Smith said she believes loud speakers should be installed on campus to provide instant warnings in serious situations.
Twenty-year-old Camden County College student Karron Whitsett said he also knew nothing about the incident but was a bit more carefree about the situation.
“Students don’t pay attention to flyers unless they are concerning a sport that appeals to them or something of that nature,” Whitsett stated. “There are still immature students who gain pleasure out of paranoia in others. This was probably just a prank call to cause some uproar of chaos on campus. Believe me, if it were that serious, Public Safety would have sent an email blast to the student body as well.”
Camden County College Public Safety and the Gloucester County Police Department provided no further information about the case.