Tameside College in Manchester is currently on lockdown in the interests of student safety amid fears a gunman is about to strike on campus.
David Scanlan, head of marketing at Tameside College, told Express.co.uk: "There was a threat made and after consultation with police we acted upon their advice and kept students away."
Manchester's Tameside College received a gun threat
Nearby Bury College was also issued with a terrifying threat from someone claiming to have a gun, but staff decided to tighten security and keep the facility open.
A 17-year-old student at tameside College said: "They took it really seriously because they locked (the college) down straight away. It’s across all ten buildings.
The sign clearly shows the college is closed
Threats were made online that a man with a gun would enter the premises at 11am
"The tutors just said there would be a controlled evacuation. After a bit they unlocked the doors and let us out."
Sara Karimi, 18, arrived at college this morning but was unable to enter as the gates were locked.
Live images: Manchester's Tameside College in lockdown Tue, April 18, 2017 Manchester Evening News 1 of 5
She said: "Some people were scared because they came running out hugging their friends. Some people were really bothered."
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A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: "At around 10.30am police were called to a report of a threat made against a College in Tameside.
"Then at 11.30am regarding a threat made against a college in Bury."