November 16, 2015 11:11 AM EST

Washington College shut down its campus on Monday after a student’s parents reported that their son was armed and they didn’t know where he’d gone.

The college, located in Chestertown, Md. posted on its website shortly after 7:3o a.m. that it had received an alert from the parents of a sophomore student who had taken a firearm from home and vanished. “Due to an abundance of caution the college has decided to close campus for the time being and asks all students and staff on campus to shelter in place,” the college said in the posting. “Anyone off campus should stay away from campus until further notice.”

The school said the student is believed to be in Pennsylvania. He was last seen in a 1997 dark green Range Rover with a Pennsylvania license plate that begins with the letters “JWY.”

Students in certain dorms were moved to other areas at the request of law enforcement, and the school says the Chestertown Police Department, Kent County Sheriff’s Department and Maryland State Police are on campus.

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