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Monterey Peninsula College reopened this afternoon after being locked down earlier today because of a report of an armed robber near campus, Monterey police and school officials said.
Police ordered students and staff on the community college campus at 980 Fremont St. to shelter in place around 11:30 a.m., according to school officials.
An emergency alert was broadcast and students and staff were told to stay inside and lock all entrances.
A post on the school’s website advised people to not come to the campus until the school president gave the "all-clear."
The school's official Twitter account posted at 12:15 p.m: "MPC on lockdown. Do not leave your classrooms and do not come to campus. This is not a drill. Monterey police on scene."
After police searched the campus, it was determined that the area was safe and the order was lifted just before 1 p.m., Monterey police Lt. Leslie Sonne said.
Campus officials tweeted at 12:59 p.m. that the lockdown had been lifted and that all buildings were cleared.
The school also posted on Facebook that classes were cancelled for the remainder of the day on the MPC Main Monterey Campus.
Sonne said there apparently had been no merit to the report of an armed person near the campus.