Around 8:00 am tweets began appearing on the Black River Technical College with a warning of lockdown status with unconfirmed active shooter.
The school continued to keep students informed through the RAVE alert system and the public informed of the ongoing issue through the Â Facebook page, and twitter.
The RAVE alert system allows students to receive email, text and voice alerts from BRTC in case of emergencies and to inform them of class cancellations.
While some early reports from other news media stated per ASP that this was a false alarm , BRTC quickly issued a statement that the campus was still on lockdown.Â It is important that students and parents be aware that the lockdown must be lifted before it is considered safe to return to campus.
The BRTC Pocahontas campus remained under lockdown until 9:24 am when they gave the all clear.
BRTC statement: We are currently investigating the active shooter alert that was sent out this morning on the Pocahontas campus.
As police were investigating the active shooter, concerns about a suspicious person were raised. While the Arkansas State Police confirmed that the active shooter alert was false, concerns about the suspicious person kept the lockdown in place.
Police searched all buildings and were able to locate and talk with the suspicious person. Only after the safety of the college was insured was the lockdown lifted.
Thank you for your patience during this process! The safety of our students, employees, and the community are of utmost importance to us.