Youngstown Campus Security Event Update – 05/26/2022

Youngstown Campus Security Event Update – 05/26/2022

On Wednesday May 25th, a student at the PIA Youngstown campus made statements to classmates which caused them concern. These concerns were relayed promptly to the Campus Director. The Campus Director engaged local law enforcement without delay. After further investigation, the student was detained by police. Contrary to some media reports, the student did not possess or display a firearm on campus or express a specific intention to harm anyone at PIA.

Based on the available information at that time, our Youngstown campus was locked down and evacuated with police presence to protect the safety of our students and staff. PIA administrators also made the decision to cancel classes at the Youngstown campus on Thursday, May 26th to allow time to gather more information about police and court actions. We learned this morning that the student involved remains in custody, and that authorities are taking this situation very seriously.

Although this has been a difficult situation for all involved, we are extremely grateful that this incident did not become a crisis. We are proud of the vigilant students who took the appropriate steps to relay their concerns, and we commend our Campus Director for his prompt and appropriate action in accordance with PIA’s Campus Safety and Security protocols.  As every senseless, heartbreaking tragedy has shown, no one can afford to take communicated threats lightly. The safety of our students, staff, and community is – and always will be – our highest priority, and we each have a critical role to play in keeping one another safe.

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