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Students React To The Community College Of Philadelphia's Lockdown

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Many students were clutching cell phones and calling loved ones all they knew was that police said there was a reported gunman was on the loose at the Community College of Philadelphia on Wednesday.

"I was in the building getting my books," said Denise Morse.

Mingled in the crowds was Denise Morse. She'd only been in the building for a few minutes before getting an alert on her phone. She says she later found out the alleged gunman was just floors above her. Moments after a campus wide lockdown was lifted Denise was still shaken.

"For it to happen at your own school on your own campus it's just as scary. It's not the best feeling in the world," said Denise.

No shots were ever fired and police arrested the man who allegedly brandished the weapon in class. However, the entire incident has destroyed Denise's sense of security at school.

"Anyone can waltz in here there's no amount of security for you to feel safe within the building," Denise said. "We've got to get away from the windows get away from the doors and shelter."

Fox 29's Dave Kinchen was just leaving his Spanish class when classmates around him started buzzing about a possible threat on campus. They took cover in the college's counseling center and checked their phones for updates. Dave says things were tense.

“I've never been through anything like that before. You cover these things once in a while, but to be in the middle of it," said Dave. "You think someone brought a gun to school. Everyone's trying to learn.”

As for Denise she wants CCP to install metal detectors and additional safety protocols so she'll feel safe again.

 

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