Threatening note found in College of the desert

Luis Medina
Campus life editor

On Monday, April 7, 2014 a student found a threatening message written on a picnic table on the Palm Desert Campus.  The student promptly informed a professor who immediately notified College Security.  The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department was contacted.

The writing was on a picnic table and claims there will be a shooting at 12:45 p.m. on April 22 “where the most people hang out.”  It claimed that there would be a “shootout”.

The College said, “The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our number one priority. We are working to ensure that everyone has current security information and to answer questions raised by staff and students.”

On Friday April 11, 2014 the College administrators met with representatives from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and received an update on the threatening note. The Sheriff’s Department has determined through their investigation that the “credibility of the threat is low level.” However, they are continuing to investigate and monitor the situation.  Additionally, they are reviewing their security protocols for incidents on campus, as they do regularly. Both the college and the sheriff’s department have tried to keep the specific information confidential so as not to impede the investigation, but a picture of the actual note has been circulated widely on social media.

If you want more information go to the  “Emergency Response Guide.”  It can be found on the Security page on the college’s website, and hard copies of this guide will be distributed to every classroom and office on every campus.

Anyone with helpful information should contact the Palm Desert Police Department at (760) 836-1600.

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