Washington College Closed Amid Search for Armed Student

November 18, 2015

Washington College has remained closed this week while state and federal law enforcement agencies search for a missing student who may be armed. Authorities have filed an arrest warrant for the student, Jacob Marberger, on four weapons-related charges, The Washington Post reported. Marberger, a former student government leader, was suspended for allegedly displaying a firearm on the Maryland campus last month.

The college canceled classes on Monday and asked students and staff to seek shelter.

"There has been no evidence of a direct threat against individuals or the campus community as a whole, but the college and law enforcement ask everyone to be cautious and vigilant," the college said on its website.

Campus officials had announced that the campus would open Tuesday. But they reversed course on Tuesday morning, after receiving new information from law enforcement. On Tuesday afternoon the college announced it would remain closed on Wednesday. A small number of students remained on campus, the college said.

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