Pulaski Technical College will reopen Friday after closing Thursday in response to a report of a potentially violent threat.
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."
The entrance gates to the main campus were locked at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, and students arriving for 8 a.m. classes were told that the campus was closed and that classes were cancelled.
The college's other sites were subsequently closed, including the Kanis Road site in Little Rock, the Business and Industry Center in Little Rock, the Aviation Maintenance Technology Center at the North Little Rock Airport, the Saline County Career Center and the Saline County Adult Education Center.
North Little Rock police alerted college officials after receiving a call from an unidentified caller. The caller stated that he had witnessed a conversation between two men who indicated that there would be an incident Thursday at Pulaski Tech similar to the incident at Virginia Tech. North Little Rock police responded to campus Wednesday night.
"The campus was never unsecured," Dr. Bakke said. 'We took precautions, and we're still taking precautions."
Heightened security will remain in effect at Pulaski Technical College. 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, will go on as planned.
Pulaski Technical College extends sincere gratitude to the North Little Rock Police Department and other local and state law enforcement officials for their organized, professional response.
Video from the press conference held Thursday on the main campus can be viewed at
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