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Threats prompt campus police to take extra security measures

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A University of Louisville professor canceled classes over his concerns for student safety. A University of Louisville professor canceled classes over his concerns for student safety.
Blakely Wilder Blakely Wilder
Garrett Key Garrett Key
Dr. Ron Holmes canceled class due to safety concerns. Dr. Ron Holmes canceled class due to safety concerns.
Mark Hebert Mark Hebert

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A University of Louisville professor canceled classes over his concerns for student safety.

A parent of a student in that class contacted WAVE 3 News, asking what was going on.

A University of Louisville spokesman said they've seen no signs of violence or threats from the student who sparked the concerns. That said, the student is banned from campus and the school says he keeps showing up.

"I am prelaw so I want to be an attorney," said Blakely Wilder. "Right now I'm studying sociology and psychology with a justice administration minor."

Spend just a few minutes with Wilder, and you know she's driven. So a canceled class in UofL's School of Justice Administration threw her but, "I wasn't really sure what to think about it, honestly, but to me it was, 'Oh more time to study!'"

Wilder and other students in Ron Holmes sex crimes class got an email Tuesday simply saying Holmes had chosen not to have class because of safety concerns.

"Dr. Holmes had specific concerns about one student and what their behavior has been on campus," explained UofL Media Relations Director Mark Hebert.

Privacy laws prevent Hebert from going into details. He can said it involves a student banned from campus and, "That student has violated that ban twice and has been cited twice for criminal trespassing."

From police reports, WAVE 3 News has determined that refers to 26-year-old Garrett Key. The report detailing one of Key's campus arrests earlier this month Key had made threats to bring a firearm to campus in the past and harm people.

"We don't think there should be any major concerns by these students and the faculty and staff," Hebert said. "Now that said, you never want to say never and in Dr. Holmes' case, he wanted to be better safe than sorry."

Hebert said staff in the Justice Administration building is aware of the threats and campus police are taking extra security measures. That's really all the school can do.

"This is a public place, it's a public campus and the only way you can keep out everybody you want to keep out is to build a wall around the University of Louisville and we're not going to do that," said Hebert.

He doesn't know what Holmes will do at his next class but Wilder feels comfortable putting her trust in her professor.

"You can't be too sure anymore and I thank and commend Dr. Holmes for taking the time and effort to look at the situation and consider our safety," she said.

Calls to Holmes Wednesday about what he planned to do going forward, were not returned.

Key is far from the only person banned from UofL's campus. According to a report in the student newspaper last year, the University maintains a list that at the time was more than 700 people long.

Hebert said the bans are for a variety of reasons.

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