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UPDATE: School says administrator accidentally sent shooter alert

Black River Technical College (Source: KAIT) Black River Technical College (Source: KAIT)
POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) -

Oct. 27 UPDATE: Liebhaber said Thursday night that a school administrator sent the active shooter alert about a week ago.

She said they determined it was an accidental push. 

Liebhaber said no disciplinary action will be taken and that the administrator's action was not malicious in any way.


Oct. 21 UPDATE: Karen Liebhaber with Black River Technical College said officials have completed their investigation into the active shooter false alarm Thursday. 

She said they have deemed it an accident and no charges will be filed in the incident. 


3:04 p.m. UPDATE: Karen Liebhaber, the school's vice president for institutional advancement, said the lockdown started after they received an alert from their panic button system. 

She said anyone subscribed to the system can send an alert if they see something suspicious. 

Liebhaber said when she got the alert, she began sending notifications through social media of the lockdown. 

When those alerts went out, Joniece Trammel, a music instructor, said she was in her office in the administration building.

She said she saw the alert and jumped into action.

"I locked my office door, turned the lights off very quickly, shut my computer down and hid under my desk," Trammel said. "I didn't run because I heard loud voices in the hall talking back and forth to each other. Men, who you know, were speaking very loudly to each other. I didn't know who that was, so I couldn't run."

Trammel waited in her office until police officers escorted her out of the building.

Black River Technical College Police Officer Dane Dillion responded as well when the alert went out. 

He said he helped clear out the administration building, where the possible shooter was reported to be. 

Dillion explained there was more to the incident than the alert. 

"There was a suspicious person that came about the time we were doing the secondary clearing, identifying who all was on campus," Dillion said. "At that point, it was communicated that it was a false alarm but the suspicious person kept us on lockdown until we could find that individual and make sure everything was good." 

He said they found that suspect and determined they were not a threat to the school.

Liebhaber said the school spent part of the day discussing what happened and evaluating the situation. 

She said they are looking into the person who sent the original panic button alert.

"It had a name but we're not real sure about the name," Liebhaber said. "We've got our technology people right now kind of looking into the system and making sure that there are no problems and just kind of tracking that down also. So not only is the Arkansas State Police investigating but we're kind of doing our own investigation too."

Liebhaber, Trammel and Dillion said they were all happy with the response of law enforcement and the staff. 

Dillion said the response from the people at the school was noticeably different than the response about 10 months ago when a popped balloon caused another false shooter on campus report.


9:27 a.m. UPDATE: Black River Technical College has lifted the lockdown.

The school gave the "all clear" for its Pocahontas campus.


9:09 a.m. UPDATE: Randolph County Sheriff Gary Tribble confirms deputies and police are still conducting a "cautionary sweep" of the Black River Technical College campus.

He tells Region 8 News, so far nothing has "turned up."

Campus police, according to Tribble, received an alert of a situation on campus. They then notified other law enforcement officers in the area, including the sheriff's department, of the situation.

The incident has been deemed a "false alarm" by Arkansas State Police.


8:55 a.m. UPDATE: Black River Technical College remains on lockdown as a safety precaution.

According to a representative of President Eric Turner, the lockdown remains in place as a "safety issue."

"Nothing has been found," the representative told Region 8 News. "We are doing a thorough search of the premises."


8:48 a.m. UPDATE: Black River Technical College remains on lockdown, according to the school's Facebook page. 

8:26 a.m. UPDATE: According to Lt. Brant Tosh with Arkansas State Police, this is a "false alarm." 


Region 8 News is receiving reports of a possible lockdown at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the school is on lockdown and officers are searching the administration building.

Pocahontas police say they have not received an “official alert.”

Calls to the college went unanswered.

The school’s Facebook page, however, reports are “unconfirmed” but they advise everyone to avoid the campus.

Region 8 News will have more information as details emerge. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute updates.

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