UKIAH CAMPUS UPDATE: Yesterday at approximately 4:00pm, college administration became aware of a Mendocino College Facebook post by a current Mendocino College student that stated “feeling sad… at Mendocino College” and a photograph of a handgun. Deciding to take cautious action, law enforcement was contacted and arrived on campus within a few minutes.
Law enforcement identified the individual’s vehicle in our parking lot which implied the student was still on campus. After initial action to determine no immediate threat was present, law enforcement and administration concluded that a complete sweep of campus in search of the individual was advisable. A notification was sent requesting everyone to evacuate the campus in an orderly fashion. The evacuation was completed and law enforcement then initiated a thorough campus-wide search for the individual.
At approximately 7:30pm, law enforcement notified campus administration that every building and our grounds had been searched and the campus was deemed safe. At that point, messages with that information were sent to our community. Late last night, college administration was informed by law enforcement that the individual was located in Redwood Valley and taken into custody for a violation of law.
Mendocino College takes the safety of students, staff and community very seriously. With the initial concern and potential threat, college administration in collaboration with law enforcement, took these decisive actions in order to ensure the safety of everyone on campus. The actions taken during this emergency were a result of the preparation, training and collaboration with local law enforcement which has taken place in recent years. We are pleased to report that our campus wide emergency response procedures and emergency communication protocols worked as planned.
We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone on campus yesterday for their leadership, actions, and collaboration during this emergency situation. We would also like to commend the Sheriff’s department and all local law enforcement agencies for their response, support, and professionalism.
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