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The community college took the precaution after learning from Christiansburg police of a domestic situation involving a student.
MATT GENTRY | The Roanoke Times
The New River Community College at the New River Valley Mall campus closed day classes Wednesday.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
CHRISTIANSBURG — Day classes were canceled at New River Community College’s satellite facility Wednesday after the school received a report of a domestic dispute involving a student’s family.
Spokesman Mark Rowh said the closure of the New River Valley Mall site reflected the “climate we’re in now.”
“I think we all know that we live in a time when we need to take precautions when there’s anything that can be perceived as a threat,” Rowh said.
The college decided to take the precautionary measure after Christiansburg police passed along information regarding a domestic situation involving a student, police spokeswoman Becky Wilburn said.
Wilburn said Wednesday afternoon that she did not have any information about where the situation took place but said police became aware of the “potential issue” about 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The investigation is ongoing, but Wilburn said there was no known threat to the school or community. She did not provide any additional details. An email sent to students about 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday said classes at the school’s Dublin campus would continue as usual. The mall site reopened Wednesday at 5 p.m. for evening classes.
NRCC classes were canceled for several days in April after a gunman opened fire at the Christiansburg facility.
Neil MacInnis, 19, was arrested after police received a call about 1:55 p.m. on April 12 in regard to shots fired at the mall site. Part-time employee Taylor Sharpe and student Kristina Bousserghine were shot before the suspect was subdued about 2 p.m. by an off-duty security guard and Christiansburg police officers.
Both women were hospitalized but later released. MacInnis, who was a student at the college, faces two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony. The charges have been certified to a grand jury that is scheduled to convene on Oct. 8.
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