Crime & Courts

Lockdown at Friends University lifted

Davis Hall at Friends University
Davis Hall at Friends University The Wichita Eagle

Friends University was on lockdown for about two hours Friday night after a “potential threat” was called in earlier in the day, according to university officials.

The university sent an alert to students, faculty and staff at 7:01 p.m. Friday, saying “individuals are advised to stay vigilant and stay inside until an all clear is given.”

Wichita police were searching the campus for potential threats but had found none as of 8:45 p.m., according to Gisele McMinimy, director of marketing for the university.

Friends’ Spring 2016 ballet recital was going on in Sebits Auditorium, starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The ballet went on uninterrupted by the lockdown, McMinimy said.

The lockdown was lifted around 9 p.m., but a text to students, faculty and staff advised people to “stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity.”

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt