The Cal State University Long Beach Police Department warned students to stay away from campus after learning about a “credible threat” from an email threatening “acts of violence.”
Officials put the campus on lockdown on Monday.
CSULB BeachALERT! The campus has received a credible threat. Everyone on campus is to move indoors and shelter in place immediately. If not on campus, stay away until further notice. #CSULB
— CSULB Police Dept (@CSULBPolice) October 7, 2019
Fortunately, the suspect who emailed the threat was arrested without incident.
Provost Brian Jersky said at a news conference:
“The suspect is now in custody and there is no current threat to our campus.”
Brian Jersky CSULB Provost said the university received an email threatening violence this morning. “The suspect is now in custody and there is no current threat to our campus.” @LongBeachPost pic.twitter.com/IDn5k4NeeX
— Kelly Puente (@KellyPuenteLB) October 8, 2019
However, that didn’t put the minds of the unnerved students at ease.
Those who were on campus during the lockdown were shocked to learn just how unsafe they were in the event of a violent act.
A majority of the classrooms did not have locks. Some didn’t have blinds that functioned properly, leaving many in fear of being exposed.
So students and teachers took necessary measures for protection by using school supplies and furniture to block the doors.
Pictures of makeshift barricades in front of classroom doors barring outside entry soon circulated online.
Twitter user @pawrinn posted a picture of a lectern blocking the door and wrote:
“Yikes so after all the mass shootings in our country and a threat last semester there’s still classrooms at
#CSULB that don’t lock….make it make sense.”
— p a u l y n (@pawrinn) October 7, 2019
Another user posted a photo of chairs stacked in such a formation to allow students more time to plan an escape route.
— ???? (@ivetramirez98) October 7, 2019
Some classrooms, however, did not have the luxury of moveable furniture. This one had chairs and desks bolted to the floor.
Ragan Fox, a professor, shared the conditions of the classroom that would leave him and his students vulnerable to an attack.
“Was teaching my lecture during
@csulb active shooter. My room has FOUR points of entry—none of which can be locked. All the desks are bolted to the floor. This is what we had do to protect ourselves. We should have doors that lock and clear protocol for these situations!”
Was teaching my lecture during @csulb active shooter. My room has FOUR points of entry—none of which can be locked. All the desks are bolted to the floor. This is what we had do to protect ourselves. We should have doors that lock and clear protocol for these situations! pic.twitter.com/R6RmD6CqM5
— Ragan Fox (@RaganFox) October 8, 2019
Other teachers commiserated on the unacceptable safety conditions at schools.
I’m a teacher. We had a lockdown drill today. That is unacceptable. Keep on admins until you get locks in place.
— Liz G. (@callme_lizg) October 8, 2019
Yep – I've taught in the Hall of Science and realized we'd all be sitting ducks with two points of entry on either side of the lecture hall and no way of moving anything to block the doors. That realization is horrible.
— Sukhavati (@OmSukhavati) October 8, 2019
People are demanding for school administrations to implement change in a new era of safety.
I was on campus in a classroom when a active shooting happen at the university I attend back in April. The door did not have locks so we had to stack desk on top of each other as well. University’s need to start seeing we are in a new age and locks need to be put on doors. pic.twitter.com/eKCjhd0nZC
— Kristen (@KristenLack) October 8, 2019
Professors and students need to be loud and demanding. It’s unacceptable in this day and age that protections are not in place. @csulb needs to be held accountable for lack of safety and training.
— Wild.Barefoot.And.Free (@wild_barefoot) October 8, 2019
Real talk, who can I get in contact with in order to start the discussion to ensure all the classrooms on campus can be locked so students don’t have to barricade the doors with tables and chairs?? #csulb #csulongbeach #longbeach
— Alli (@slug_mcgee) October 7, 2019
These students had no choice but hope for the best.
Ours didn't have locks. We didn't barricade, just sat there waiting.
— Brent Pothoven (@BrentPothoven) October 8, 2019
According to the Long Beach Post, the threatening email came in around 2:10 p.m., and police believed the suspect was female who had an appointment at the Student Success Center.
Campus Police Chief Fernando Solorzano confirmed the threat did not involve a firearm.
“It didn’t involve weapons, but it was acts of violence.”
Confirmed: According to Chief Fernando Solorzano, suspect was a female student who was detained by police at the ACCESS center.
No comments have been made about the doors not locking during the lockdown.
— Daily 49er ???????? (@daily49er) October 8, 2019
Students should focus on how well they will do on exams, instead of wondering if they will survive to live another day.
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