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Lockdown Procedures at RCCC Cause Concern

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There are concerns over procedures following a lockdown at Rowan Cabarrus Community College’s South Campus Friday morning.

RCCC officials said the campus was locked down after several students reported seeing a man carrying a gun in the parking lot of the campus in Kannapolis.

Kannapolis Police said they arrested Jonathan Maddox and charged him in connection with having a gun on campus. Investigators said he is in jail on $50,000 bond.

RCCC student Caitlyn Sunday said she was able to walk right in her classroom building in the middle of the lockdown while police were still searching for the suspect. “That’s a scary thought. You shouldn’t be able to walk on campus during the lockdown. That shouldn’t be happening,” commented Caitlyn.

Officials at RCCC told My Fox Carolinas they put the campus on lockdown at 9:28 a.m. Friday.

Caitlyn said she got to school at 9:40 a.m. and the door to her classroom building was unlocked.

RCCC is looking into what happened but said they think all the doors were secured. However, that process doesn’t happen immediately.

RCCC spokesperson Dusty Saine said, “It does take time for each individual to go around and lock all of the doors we have on the campus.”

The college is in the process of trying to get enough money to put a system in place that allows them to push one button that locks all the doors in one building, but right now during a lockdown the facilities staff has to lock each door one by one.

Caitlyn’s mom, Alicia Kay Sunday said, “I’m a mom that will get to the bottom of it and hopefully find out what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again.” She added, “From a mom’s perspective, that’s very scary, because that’s one of the fears we have because of the day and age we live in.”

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