Utica College on lockdown after getting threats

NEW YORK, March 5 (Reuters) - Utica College in upstate New York ordered students to shelter in place on Monday after it received threats from a person saying he was armed with a weapon, school and police officials said.

About three hours after authorities ordered a lockdown, the university said it remained in effect, even though the Utica police department said in a statement that it found "no substantiation to any reports of an active shooter or shots fired on campus."

The lockdown came at a time of heightened tension in schools after a gunman with an assault-style rifle killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. It was one of the deadliest U.S. school shootings in United States, where dozens of such massacres have occurred in recent years.

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At Utica College, a private school about 45 miles east of Syracuse, law enforcement officers were evacuating buildings and taking people on campus to a safe location, the college said.

The Tangerine, a student newspaper, posted a photograph online of people hiding under desks. (Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York; Additional reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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