By Luis Medina
Campus Life Editor
College of the Desert was placed on lock down Wednesday afternoon, October 31, in the aftermath of a reported gunman on the Palm Desert campus. The campus was set on high alert.
The report was made at 1:30 p.m. The police blocked driveways and checked each building before leaving an hour later.
Sheriff’s were dispatched to search the campus and parts of the campus were locked down until it was determined the report was unfounded.
Students were not notified about the potential threat. The COD media office did not issue a press release with details about the unfolding action as deputies checked the campus.
I like to know what’s going on, especially with all these school shootings, said Nancy Martin, who was on campus at the time of the incident. She also said, even if it’s a false alarm, we the students have the right to know and be informed.
The school has an emergency alert system through text messaging, but chose not to use it to avoid panic.
If there were an actual gunman, students would have been directed to a safe part of the campus via a text alert or announcements on loudspeaker systems. COD opted not to use any of those methods on Wednesday because no one had confirmed there was a problem.
The search came up emptyhanded and everything returned to normal.