Flowers and note spark fear at MJC

Two flower arrangements were discovered on Modesto Junior College's east campus on Monday morning; an accompanying note alluded to a massacre on campus if security wasn't improved, but then stated the threat was fake, according to college officials.

A security officer found the flowers outside the Student Center and library about 9:40 a.m. Officials sent an e-mail about the incident to campus students, faculty, administrators and staff at 12:20 p.m., officials said. A second e-mail quickly followed once it was confirmed the flowers were a hoax. Three e-mails were sent by Monday afternoon.

A little after 1 p.m., campus security along with Modesto police found the person they believe left the flowers -- a female MJC student, officials said.

Officials were still putting together the pieces Monday afternoon and said they didn't have many details. They interviewed the student Monday afternoon but still hadn't nailed down a motive, officials said. They would not identify the student.

The hoax drew concern from students and administrators, but after an investigation, police quickly determined the delivery to be a prank, officials said.

Bee staff writer Michelle Hatfield can be reached at mhatfield@modbee.com or 578-2339.