Eastridge grad now attending Utica College recounts Monday's lockdown

(Photo: CNY Central)

Utica, N.Y. – A telephone threat led to an hours-long lockdown at Utica College on Monday.

The school sent messages on social media Monday morning asking students to shelter in place as police searched buildings for a possible shooter and declared certain areas to be safe zones.

It was a tense day for Eastridge graduate Olivia Osipovitch, who was just leaving for class when the alert went out. She went back into her house.

“My first reaction was to hide, honestly,” she told 13WHAM News.

She added, “After all the alerts were out, I saw on Snapchat that my friends were underneath desks, probably texting their parents and very fearful of what was going on.”

When the lockdown ended Monday afternoon, no shots had been fired and there was no confirmation of a shooter on campus.

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