A shelter-in-place order at two Morris County colleges because of a threat near the Convent train station was lifted around 3:30 p.m.

Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll said in a statement his office was notified of an "unconfirmed report of a person making threats near the Saint Elizabeth University campus and Convent Station," around 10:30 a.m.

"Contrary to social media reports, there is no confirmation of the presence of a subject possessing a firearm," Carroll said.  He did not disclose details about the threat.

Saint Elizabeth College and Fairleigh Dickinson University both went into shelter-in-place mode, according to the respective schools. Madison public schools also sheltered in place and a portion of NJ Transit's Morris & Essex Line was suspended.

Map showing FDU, Saint Elizabeth University and Covent Station
Map showing FDU, Saint Elizabeth University and Covent Station (Google Maps)

Shelter in place lifted

Madison public schools were the first to end their shelter-in-place after police and the Morris County Prosecutor's Office deemed it appropriate, Superintendent Mark Schwarz said in an update to the community.

The Morris & Essex Line resumed service between Morristown and around 1:30 p.m. with 30 minute delays.

"Tough day for our campus community, but I have already heard so many different ways that our community has rallied to support each other and make the best of a difficult few hours. It’s what makes FDU a great place to be," FDU president Michael Avaltroni wrote on his Twitter account.

News 12 New Jersey reported police had the Saint Elizabeth campus surrounded with their guns drawn.

It was the second shelter in place at New Jersey schools in two days.

A swatting threat at Rider University in Lawrenceville put the school into a shelter-in-place mode Monday for about an hour.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com

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