Officials don't clarify MJC threat hoax

Modesto Junior College officials are releasing few details of what apparently was a fake threat made against the campus Monday morning.

Two flower arrangements were left outside the library and Student Center on MJC's east campus. A campus security officer found the flowers about 9:40 a.m. and removed the notes. The officer originally thought the flowers were part of a domestic violence awareness month event, MJC officials said Tuesday.

The notes alluded to a massacre at MJC but then stated the message was meant to force security improvements on campus.

About 12:45 p.m. Monday, a female student approached the security officer to ask where the flowers went. At that time, she admitted putting them there, MJC officials said Tuesday.

The first campuswide e-mails went out about 12:20 p.m., with two more following within the hour.

Modesto police were called about 11:30 a.m. and an informational report was filed later in the afternoon, according to MJC officials.

The student was not arrested, MJC officials said, because she hadn't committed a crime.

MJC officials refused to give any details about the woman, citing student confidentiality. They would not say why she made the threat or whether she is attending classes at MJC.

Though campus administrators said they acted quickly and openly by sending out multiple e-mails to students and staff, many people acknowledged that they didn't know about the incident Monday or Tuesday.

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

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