The Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Penn Valley campus was thrown into chaos after a bomb threat just before midday today. Students and staff were evacuated from the campus when the police received the threat.
Although the officials scoured the MCC Penn Valley campus’ perimeter, nothing could be found. The staff and the students were then told to return to classes to resume normal work. This was met with frustration as most students wanted assurance that they were actually safe. One student told reporters, “Safety first, how do we know that the coast is clear? My mind is already disturbed and I am not feeling safe anymore.”
The bomb threat at MCC Penn Valley comes after reports that six different states in the U.S. have reported bomb threats today. These threats have been reported by schools and courthouses and resulted in chaos around the country. In San Diego, several high schools were placed on lockdown and students were instructed to stay calm while authorities investigated the claims.
An official from the FBI said, “We are verifying all the intelligence we have over the threats and will treat every report seriously. We cannot allow our schools to be gripped with fear and chaos due to irresponsible threats,” he told reporters at MCC Penn Valley Campus.
By Shepherd Mutsvara
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