On Monday, October 7, 2019, the campus of Cal State University Long Beach (CSULB) was on lockdown. At around 2:10 P.M. on Monday, Campus Police received an email containing violent threats to both the campus and students of CSULB. At 3:50 P.M., Campus Police released a tweet advising students who are not on campus to stay away from campus, and the ones on campus to stay inside, lock their doors, and stay safe. University Police Chief Fernando Solorzano said that the threat did not involve weapons. Shortly after 4:20 P.M., campus police released an updated tweet saying the situation was clear and the campus was safe once again.
During the lockdown, many students took to social media to not only show their distress, but to also show the people a major campus problem with the ineffective door locks. Millie Nguyen, a student at CSULB said, “Our classroom is really old so they actually couldn't lock so we had to like prop a chair against the door.” Numerous videos on social media were posted showing classrooms with desks shoved up against doors.
By early evening, many students started a petition to have the university update its classroom door locks to provide a safer environment for the students. A university spokesperson said that they will be investing roughly $500,000 into the university to retrofit the classrooms so they will be able to lock and protect students.
After the suspect was found and arrested, Campus Police believe that the suspect was working alone. The name of the suspect has not yet been released.
Reporter: Myles Witte