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Washington College officials announced today, the campus will remain closed until after Thanksgiving.
In a statement, school President Sheila Bair said based on their ongoing talks with law enforcement. The college campus will reopen on November 29th, with classes beginning the following day.
Officials say all the students who live on campus are now either home, have been taken in by members of the campus, or Chestertown community.
The campus has been closed since Tuesday after a reported gun threat made by Jacob Marberger, who is now wanted by the Chestertown Police.
Sheila Bair, president of the private school of about 1,450 students, said on the college’s website that the decision was based on continuing consultations with law enforcement. The college anticipates resuming classes on Monday, Nov. 30, and the college will reopen the day before.
“Following the difficult events of the past few days, Washington College will be canceling classes this week and the week of Thanksgiving Break,” Bair said.
Local and federal authorities including the FBI are still searching for Marberger.
The school on Maryland’s Eastern Shore first canceled classes Monday, after Marberger’s parents called the college to say he had returned home to Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia and may have taken a firearm. College officials initially planned to reopen Tuesday but decided to close until further notice and evacuate students after receiving new information from law enforcement.
“All residential students have either returned home or been taken in by members of the campus and Chestertown community,” Bair said in her statement Wednesday.
Marberger is described by police as a white male with brown hair, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 135 pounds. He could be driving a green 1997 Range Rover with Pennsylvania license plates JWY-5876. Anyone with information is asked to call police.