Nfld. & Labrador

'Social media threat' caused lockdown at College of North Atlantic in St. John's

The building on Prince Philip Drive will remain closed until Monday.

Building on Prince Philip Drive will remain closed until Monday

The building on Prince Philip Drive will remain closed until Monday. (Katie Breen/CBC)

The lockdown at the College of the North Atlantic campus on Friday morning was due to a "social media threat," according to the college.

The campus on Prince Philip Drive in St. John's was placed on lockdown early Friday. It was in place for about an hour before it was lifted just before 11 a.m.

Police were on scene "in relation to a threat investigation," according to a tweet by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

A news release issued Friday afternoon from the College of the North Atlantic didn't specify what the social media threat was. It said the school ordered the lockdown "as per the college's emergency response protocol."

Student Ryan Grant was in math class when he and other students received an email about the lockdown.

"I felt like I was gonna die today," he said, fighting back tears.

"Not gonna lie, scariest moment of my life."

He said everyone in class scrambled to close the windows and doors after they received the email.

Student Ryan Grant was in math class when the lockdown happened. 'I felt like I was gonna die today,' he said, fighting back tears. (Katie Breen/CBC)

"My math teacher, he locked the door immediately and we all just stayed fully quiet for like the next hour while he just constantly refreshed the email waiting for like the update," Grant said.

They all ran out of the classroom once they received word that the lockdown was lifted. Grant said they still don't know what happened — he's only heard rumours.

The college's statement said the campus will remain closed until Monday, Oct. 1.

"There is no information to suggest any risk to the [public] in surrounding areas and officers have the situation under control," read the Twitter post from the RNC on Friday.

A police spokesperson referred questions to school officials.

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