SECURITY MEASURES: Following Friday’s lockdown after reports of an active shooter on campus, officials at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Public Safety department have amped up its standard safety workshops and tutorials.
Students and faculty were advised to shelter in place late in the day Friday, while the New York Police Department investigated the matter at the West 27th Street campus. At 6:40 p.m. police officials said there was no active threat and one person was in custody. The lockdown was lifted after 22-year-old Noah Lee was apprehended by police at the Barnes & Noble store in Union Square. Holding what turned out to be a pellet gun, Lee had posted a video of himself aiming at doors inside the school on social media with the caption, “School shooter, thank god it’s Friday.”
FIT has nearly 1,000 faculty members and close to 8,900 students. Mario Cabrera, director of FIT Public Safety, said Wednesday, “With a multi-building campus that includes residence halls, all in the middle of New York City, FIT has always made the safety and security of its community the highest priority. We need to have secure places to allow teaching and learning to go on. With that said, after an incident
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