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Cal State Long Beach Students And Teachers Fear For Safety After Campus Lockdown Exposes How Many Classroom Doors Have No Locks


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.

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.”

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.”

Another user posted a photo of chairs stacked in such a formation to allow students more time to plan an escape route.

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!”

Other teachers commiserated on the unacceptable safety conditions at schools. 

People are demanding for school administrations to implement change in a new era of safety.

These students had no choice but hope for the best.

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.”

Students should focus on how well they will do on exams, instead of wondering if they will survive to live another day.

CSULB, it’s time for a major upgrade on all the doors and at other campuses, for that matter.

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Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1