Citrus targeted by second bomb threat in 33 days
Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 00:05
For the second time in five weeks, two Citrus College buildings were the target of a bomb threat.
According to police officials, a 911 call was made from a pay phone located at the intersection of Arrow Highway and Covina Avenue in Azusa May 7 at approximately 6 p.m.
The caller said he overheard two students talking about a suspicious package left in either the MA building or the library, then hung up without providing any further information.
Police arrived on campus five minutes later and conducted a sweep of both buildings after students were evacuated from the immediate area.
Shalane Goss, a 20-year-old English major, was less than thrilled with the campus’ third evacuation as a result of a bomb threat in less than nine months.
“It makes me want to drop out of Citrus College,” Goss said. “If I weren’t going to London in the fall, I would leave, no doubt about it.”
Police officials urged caution, while acknowledging the chances of an actual bomb in the area were slim.
“To be honest with you, a lot of these times these are based on college pranks,” said Glendora police officer Sgt. Matt Egan, “But we can’t ever dismiss it, we have to take [the threat] seriously. Safety is the best policy.”
After officers completed their search, the library was reopened at 6:41 p.m., followed by the math building about 10 minutes later.
“Campus security and the police are doing a great job preserving the safety of our students,” said Citrus administrator on duty Richard Ghidella.
No classes were cancelled as a result of the threat.