Friday, February 16, 2007
A campus security technician later found a BB-gun in a school trash can, and one of the four suspects detained was found to be in possession of pepper spray.
In an email explaining the situation to staff and students, Montoya said "We had a report that a non-student was seen walking through campus (with three other non-students) and that he had a gun. This information was immediately reported to the office and a description of the non-students was given out over the radios. The individuals in question were immediately identified by a couple of our CSTs as the three individuals headed out towards the back gate on Meyers Drive. Our SRO called for UCPD support at Meyers Gate. The police responded to that area very quickly and the individuals were immediately apprehended."
"During the lock down," Montoya said, "one of the CSTs was able to locate a BB-gun in a trash can in the 400s (where the suspects had walked by). One of the suspects may be arrested for possession of pepper spray. All suspects are being dealt with appropriately. The SROs transported the non-students off campus and they will also be dealt with by their home school."
The "lockdown" began at 12:10 p.m., while students were in their fifth period classes. Half of the campus had just finished lunch, while the other half awaited dismissal to lunch.
At about 12:25 p.m., Montoya came back on the public address system to give the all-clear signal and give details of the adjustments to the daily schedule made necessary by the lock-down.
Students told The Courier that there had been some sort of disturbance in the area of the 400s, and that students were seen running from the area with Campus Security Technicians in pursuit.
Montoya said he would give more details of the situation in an email to be sent to staff.