LANCASTER: Antelope Valley College closed today after threat of violence

UPDATE:

Antelope Valley College was closed today because of”a threat of violence against the college,” school officials said.

The closure was announced in a statement posted shortly before 9 a.m. on the college website.

“The college is in regular contact with law enforcement,” the statement said. “The evening class schedule will be updated by 4 p.m.”

The investigation was being conducted by the sheriff’s department, which declined to provide details on the case. Information on evening classes will be posted on the school’s website, www.avc.edu .

College spokeswoman Liz Diachun said that sometime overnight, “nonspecific threats of violence” were posted on social media and also sent to “a few students.”

The sheriff’s department was notified about the threats and “by early this morning, (sheriff’s deputies) had dramatically beefed up their presence on campus,” according to Diachun.

“We put the safety and security of staff and students first” and closed the campus for daytime classes, she said.

Diachun had no details about the specific nature of the threats or how many students received them directly via text messaging.

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Antelope Valley College was closed today because of  “a threat of violence against the college,” school officials said.

The closure was announced in a statement posted shortly before 9 a.m. on the college website.

“The college is in regular contact with law enforcement,” the statement said. “The evening class schedule will be updated by 4 p.m.”

The investigation was being conducted by the sheriff’s department, which declined to provide details on the case. Information on evening classes will be posted on the school’s website, www.avc.edu .

A college spokeswoman told KNX radio that the threat came to light overnight via social media. She said the threat was unsubstantiated but the campus was closed out of an abundance of caution.

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