Mendinco College to Get Help with Lockdown Procedures

The Men­do­cino Col­lege went on lock­down briefly yes­ter­day after reports of some­one hav­ing a gun on cam­pus. The MCSO got a call from cam­pus secu­rity at around 1:50PM from cam­pus secu­rity report­ing that a stu­dent was in the college’s library with a gun. Respond­ing deputies learned that wasn’t the case pretty quickly upon arriv­ing. They say two stu­dents were hav­ing a dis­cus­sion and one of the stu­dents implied they had a gun, but didn’t. Before the all clear was made — the col­lege ini­ti­ated lock­down pro­ce­dures. Accord­ing to spokesman Capt. Greg Van Pat­ten the lock­down was “very chaotic.” He said the stu­dents inside some class­rooms were locked in, he said, but there were oth­ers walk­ing freely around the cam­pus who thought it was a drill and didn’t believe there was poten­tially a real threat until they saw deputies run­ning with firearms. The col­lege has reached out to MCSO to go over their lock­down pro­ce­dures. The sheriff’s office plans to do some train­ing with col­lege staff on emer­gency protocol .