Houston Community College Central Campus on Holman Street in Midtown will remain closed tomorrow, May 8. due to a shooting threat made on social media in the weekend. HCC reinstated its commitment in taking all matters with implications for the security of its students, faculty and staff seriously. The college says its police department are actively working with other law enforcement agencies to identify the source of the threat in an effort to eliminate the risk of harm. Today, the college provided additional security at each of its other campuses while this matter remains under investigation.
A media briefing has been scheduled at HCC’s administrative building on 3100 Main St, 2nd Floor, Seminar Room B; where the Chancellor, Cesar Maldonado and Police Chief Greg Cunningham would provide updates on the closure.
With a few exceptions, final exams scheduled for Tuesday, May 8 will be moved to Thursday, May 10. This is in addition to the earlier postponement of the Monday, May 7 finals to Friday, May 11.
It may be recalled that on Sunday, HCC closed the Central Campus to allow the police time to conduct a thorough inspection of campus facilities and put in place heightened security measures in response to a shooting threat made on social media over the weekend.
In addition to the extra precautions at Central Campus, HCC has provided additional security at each of its other campuses.
In a release made available to the local media, the school appealed to those aware of any information “that would help to please contact HCC Police Department at 713-718-8888.” “We also ask that any information of a suspicious nature, no matter how small or large, always be relayed to HCC PD immediately. If you see something, say something,” the release appealed.
“We will remain vigilant and respond thoroughly whenever any reports of a concerning nature are received,” said HCC Chancellor Cesar Maldonado. “HCC is a place of learning. We also want it to be a place where everyone is safe.”