Virginia State Police are investigating an incident on the Ferrum College Campus.
It happened Tuesday, February 11th. Some students say they were held against their will for more than three hours. Students say the Dean of Students, Jason Jones, told about thirty Resident Assistants they could not leave a multi-purpose room at the bottom of Bassett Hall. Resident Assistants are student leaders who help run the dorms.
These students say school administrators searched their rooms for drugs. However, WSLS found out no police were asked to be present during this search.
WSLS started receiving e-mails and calls from parents and students after Campus Police Chief Libby Legg resigned on Thursday. Legg says she is unable to comment on the situation. However, her department was not asked to be at the search.
The Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen says he received some calls from concerned parents. He says he turned the investigation over to Virginia State Police. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says they also received calls.
State Police say the investigation is active and on-going and doesn't target a single individual or entity.
Ferrum's Vice President of Institutional Advancement Kimberly Blair says, "The college was acting in the best interest of the students well-being. The college acted appropriately according to guidelines in the student handbook."
Students started a Twitter hashtag: "#FerrumPurge.' Students say it's in reference to the movie where any and all crimes are legal.
Check out some of the tweets:
"Welcome to Ferrum College where rules don't matter." "#Ferrum #letmypeople go #isthatlegal ?" "Ferrum College, if you treat your staff members this way, how are you going to treat the rest of the student body?"