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Person of interest identified after threat faxed to TCTC campus, school officials say

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Published: May. 18, 2022 at 10:37 AM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 12:39 PM EDT
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PENDLETON, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Building entrances at all Tri-County Technical College (TCTC) campuses have been unlocked after school college went on lockdown Wednesday morning due to a threat, according to school officials.

Tri-County sent out an emergency alert just after 10 a.m. announcing that all building entrances at the Pendleton, Easley, Anderson, and Oconee County campuses will be locked from the outside out of an abundance of caution.

According to Karen Potter, senior director of strategic communication and engagement, the college locked building entrances on all of its campuses due to a faxed threat at the Pendleton Campus.

School officials also released this statement:

“This morning, Tri-County Technical College received a threat via fax at the Pendleton Campus. TCTC Police and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office were notified immediately. Out of an abundance of caution, the College locked building entrances on all of its campuses. Classes continued and students were not required to shelter in place. A person of interest was later identified and questioned by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation is ongoing.”

“While we do not believe there is an imminent threat, we continue to exercise caution. Accordingly, TCTC Police presence has been increased on all campuses, and building entrances will remain locked with access granted only to students, faculty and staff.”

Classes will continue as scheduled.

Karen Potter, senior director of strategic communication and engagement

The Sheriff’s Office later said someone faxed a threat to the Pendleton campus.

On Thursday, Potter said a person of interest was identified and questioned by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

We’re told all campus building entrances were unlocked at 12 p.m. Thursday and the investigation is ongoing.

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