Pulaski Technical College closed its campuses Thursday after receiving a threat of a Virginia Tech-type of incident.
The campus reopens Friday. Dr. Dan F. Bakke, the college president, made the announcement Thursday afternoon after consulting with North Little Rock police.
“We are trying to get back to business as usual,” Dr. Bakke said. “We are very fortunate that the perceived threat did not lead to violence. We chose to err on the side of caution, and we don’t regret that decision. The safety of our students, staff and faculty has to be our number one priority, and I think our students appreciate that.”
North Little Rock police received a phone call at about 11:30 Wednesday night. The caller said he overheard two white males discussing that there would be an incident Thursday at Pulaski Technical similar to that which occurred at Virginia Tech. Police say the caller said that one man said that what they were going to do at Pulaski Tech Thursday would be worse than what happened at Virginia Tech.
Sgt. Terry Kuykendall, spokesman for the North Little Rock Police Department, said the phone call was made from a pay phone on Broadway in North Little Rock. He says they have not identified the caller and the only information they have about the suspects is that they are two white males. He asks for the caller to call North Little Rock police detectives as soon as possible to help them with the investigation.
As a precaution, Pulaski Technical College decided to close. College employees were located at each entrance to the main campus in North Little Rock and told students to return home.
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Heightened security will remain in effect on Friday. The college has a 10-member police department and will also use personnel from a private security company. Area law enforcement officials also will continue to have a presence on the campus.
Campus events scheduled for Friday, including the college choir’s spring concert at 7 p.m., will go on as planned.