An applicant at Central Carolina Community College carried a firearm onto the campus on Friday and was removed by security, according to an email from CCCC Vice President Ken Hoyle obtained by The Rant.

The email in full is reproduced below:

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Last Friday, February 14, 2020, an applicant to the College showed up on campus to take the placement test in the Bell Welcome Center openly possessing a firearm.  Our security staff observed this issue and
dealt with it immediately, with local law enforcement removing the applicant from campus without incident.  Having a firearm on a college campus is a violation of the N.C. General Statutes and this is posted at the College’s entrances.  Due to the swift action by our security staff, everyone was kept safe and there was no threat to the Lee Campus community.

The Administration would like to reassure all of you that your safety is our #1 priority.  We are systematically evaluating, on a regular basis, our safety/security protocols to insure that we are doing our utmost to keep our campuses safe at all times.  We would like to remind you that we need everyone’s help in this matter!  If you see or observe a potentially dangerous situation, please tell us immediately! Students should tell their faculty member, a staff member/administrator, or campus security.  Employees should take advantage of our new “Security” button feature on our desk phones,
tell a supervisor or administrator, or simply call 911 if necessary.

THANK YOU to all of you for what you do for our students and staff to promote campus safety!  It is truly everyone’s concern and your help is invaluable.

It was unclear whether the applicant was charged with any crime for carrying the gun onto campus. This is the third time since January that someone has been charged in connection with either bringing a gun to a school in Lee County or threatening to do so.