College answers questions after lockdown at MCC - WFSB 3 Connecticut

College answers questions after lockdown at MCC

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MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

Manchester Community College held a debriefing, which was attended by about 100 students and faculty, Monday afternoon regarding the incident that involved a recent lockdown of the school.

School officials and police placed the college under lockdown Wednesday after a 911 call was received reporting a person with a gun in their waistband being seen on the campus.

Numerous local and state police officers responded to the school and searched the school, going classroom by classroom.

Police searched each student as they were released, but never found the individual or a weapon.

Monday's debriefing, which was held in the SBM Auditorium Monday afternoon, discussed what went right during the scare and what could be done better.

"We were very fortunate nothing happened," Glickman said. "And yet there as you can tell from the hour, there were a lot of emotions a lot of feelings."

People at the debriefing spoke about problems they ran into, which included no cell service, shaky doors and no access to water or bathrooms for six hours.

"Anybody could have just walked by and pushed the button and it would have opened for anybody to walk through," said student Lee Lukin.

The debriefing comes just days after the MCC president Gena Glickman talked about the need for armed security guards on the campus.

Many people at the debriefing stepped forward asking that school police officers be allowed to carry guns. 

"Our police department recognizes our students, they recognize all of our entrances. They know the stairwells," Glickman said. "They can identify who the faculty and staff are and it might have helped."

Glickman said she and her staff will go through every concern brought up Monday and they'll look into what updates can be made.

They may also plan to hold more meetings and public sessions in the future.

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