'Unusual email' puts college on lockdown


GREENFIELD, MASS. — The Brattleboro Police Department was notified Thursday of Brooks Memorial Library receiving "an unusual email" that made a general reference school shootings, according to a press release.

"In a separate sentence, it mentioned a vehicle collision at Greenfield Community College," Brattleboro Police Capt. Mark Carignan wrote. "Out of abundance of caution, BPD notified Greenfield, Mass., police of this email and provided them a copy."

The college said it was notified by Brattleboro police of a potential threat to the 1 College Drive Campus.

"Out of an abundance of caution, Public Safety issued an emergency alert to students and staff to shelter in place until further notice," the college said on its website. "In consultation with state and local police, the lockdown has since been lifted. However, all classes are cancelled. We thank GCC Public Safety, the Greenfield Police Department and Massachusetts State Police for their rapid response."

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