New Bern, N.C. –Craven Community College (Craven CC) went on lockdown at approximately 10:19 a.m. this morning after receiving a report of someone carrying a gun on the New Bern campus. A suspect has been arrested and a gun was found in the Business Information and Technology (BIT) building. No injuries occurred and students were allowed to safely return to class after the lockdown ended at approximately 11:30 a.m.
“This incident ended with our students, faculty and staff staying safe and doing exactly what they were supposed to do,” said Craig Ramey, Craven CC director of communications. “We all practice for this type of incident and I think that preparedness showed today.”
The incident began when an anonymous tip was relayed to the Craven Sheriff’s Office that a student had been seen on campus with a gun. That message was then relayed to the Craven Sheriff’s deputy on site at the New Bern campus, who then put the campus on lockdown until the suspect was later found in a classroom located in the BIT building. Once the gun was discovered in that same classroom, the suspect was arrested and taken into custody by the Craven County Sheriff’s Office.
“We are thankful nobody was hurt and are particularly thankful for the rapid response of the Craven Sheriff’s Office, New Bern Police Department and our college’s emergency response team,” said Ramey.
For additional information please contact the Craven Sheriff’s Office at 252-636-6620.
Craven Community College Media Contact
Craig Ramey, Director of Communications
About Craven Community College
Founded in 1965, Craven Community College (Craven CC) is part of the North Carolina Community College System. With campuses in New Bern and Havelock-Cherry Point, Craven serves about 3,200 curriculum students and more than 10,000 continuing education students each year. The college offers a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as college transfer courses, career and occupational offerings, partnerships with four-year universities, specialized workforce training options, developmental studies and basic skills classes. The Lifetime Learning Center and Adult Enrichment Program offer lifelong learning opportunities. Craven Early College High School programs are available on both campuses. CCC is also home to Public Radio East, one of the few community colleges nationally with this distinction. For more information about the college, visit www.cravencc.edu.