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Threatening note closes Holyoke Community College

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HOLYOKE, MA (WSHM) -

Holyoke Community College was closed on Monday following the discovery of a threatening note by a staff member.

"It was a note that threatened the campus and the students and the faculty on the campus," said Erica Broman, the vice president of Institutional Development at the college.

The note was found at the campuses Kittredge Center.

"We have protocols and policies in place that we follow and we initially thought we would be able to conclude an investigation in time to open for part of the day, but then really a more thoughtful analysis decided that we would follow through and close campus for the entire day," said Broman.

Students and faculty already on campus were told to leave and others arriving at the school were turned away.

"I'm a little panicked but you can't really panic that much or you'll freak out so much," said student Chris Hayden.

A man who lives across the street from the college describes it as a safe area and credits the fast work of emergency responders.

"I still feel very safe here. The police came right away, the fire department, everybody is here taking care of us," said David Bergeron.

Campus officials wants to remind the public that they do prepare for situations like this one.

"It is never pleasant to have these events come through but we have been training over the past few years. We have worked with the Holyoke Police Department to have simulated events here on campus," said Broman.

The incident remains under investigation by state police.

Campus is expected to open as usual on Tuesday.

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