Gadsden State Community College closed all six of its campuses around 1:45 p.m. Thursday after bomb threats were received via email. The initial threats were to the Ayers Campus and the Joe Ford Center at the East Broad Street Campus but the decision was made to close all six campuses in Calhoun, Cherokee and Etowah counties.
That email demanded a payment $20,000 in Bitcoin, which is a digital currency and was sent to numerous schools, newspapers, businesses and government buildings all across the country on Thursday.
The Gadsden Police Department and Anniston Police Department responded to two campuses that were threatened. Both police departments confirmed that bombing devices were not found on the Ayers Campus or the Joe Ford Center on the East Broad Campus.
Gadsden State President Dr. Martha Lavender issued a statement saying “Our first priority is the safety and security of all of our faculty, staff and students.”