Investigators say threat to Southwestern College was false alarm


Police were investigating a “credible threat” at Southwestern College.

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. – A reported threat that prompted Southwestern College to shut down all five of its campuses Thursday morning turned out to be a false alarm, college officials said Thursday afternoon.

Classes at all Southwestern College campuses were canceled just after 9 a.m. and its locations in Chula Vista, Otay Mesa, National City, San Ysidro and Coronado were evacuated because of a "credible threat" of violence made by a student, officials said.

‘Credible threat’ shuts down Southwestern College

School police said they contacted a “person of interest” connected to the alleged threat and have determined in collaboration with Chula Vista police and San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies that there never was a credible threat.

The college will reopen Friday with a normal class schedule.

The threat was reported to Chula Vista police Wednesday night by the father of a student allegedly overheard in a class Wednesday. Police passed the information to Southwestern College officials Thursday morning, and they decided to evacuate the campuses and cancel classes out of an abundance caution, college spokeswoman Lillian Leopold said. She did not elaborate on the nature of the threat other than to say it was a threat of violence.

Thursday afternoon, school officials released the following statement:

The person of interest in today’s evacuation and college closing has been contacted by Southwestern College Police. College Police, in collaboration with San Diego Sheriff’s and Chula Vista Police, have determined there is no threat.

The college will reopen on Friday and resume classes and normal business operations at all campuses—Chula Vista, National City, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa and the Crown Cove Aquatic Center.

If anybody needs to return to the Chula Vista campus today (Thursday) to retrieve their vehicle, they can enter through the H Street entrance.

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