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Classes resume at Antelope Valley College after threat of violence

Threat of violence closes Antelope Valley College’s two campuses

Antelope Valley College’s two campuses were closed Tuesday morning after a threat of violence.

(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Classes resumed at Antelope Valley College on Tuesday after an earlier threat of violence triggered a closure at both of the school’s campuses, officials said.

The school announced on its website and Facebook page morning that because of “a threat of violence against the college,” the school’s Lancaster and Palmdale locations were closed.

But after a Sheriff’s Department sweep failed to turn up any substantial threat, classes were expected to resume at 6 p.m., school officials said.

As a result of the threat, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were initially stationed at both campuses, department officials said.

Authorities did not provide specifics on the nature of the threat.

Antelope Valley College operates on two sites covering 135 acres and serving more than 15,000 students.

In an unrelated incident, Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut was briefly closed when a suspicious package was found. The item turned out not to be a threat, officials said.

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