PCC lockdown is still on student minds one week later

By Arlene Guerrero and Marissa Lopez

To be on either LAC or PCC during PCC's lockdown is still on the minds of students at LBCC when it happened on May 1, 2019. (Fernando Pacheco)

Even though last week’s active shooter scare turned out to be a false alarm, some LBCC students were scared and anxious, regardless of what campus they were on.

“An officer with a shotgun came out and told everybody to get out of the cafeteria and go outside,” LBCC student Rubyn Bryant said.

Bryant was in the cafeteria at PCC during the time that the active shooter warning went out explains the frightening scenario.

According to Bryant, he hadn’t received the warning text from LBCC yet.

Student Ana Rivera, was in class at LAC when she received the warning text and was very impressed with the school’s constant updates.

“It was cool that they were doing it, you know? Updates and stuff, I wasn’t left wondering for an hour what happened, it was constant updates, I liked it,” Rivera said.

Initially, Rivera was alarmed when she read the text that contained the word ‘shooter’ but soon eased up a little once she realized it was happening at PCC.

Student Skyler Reynoso, read the warning text from home, as he had no classes that day.

“I was kind of sad but I wasn’t really surprised, I was like ‘Oh again?’,” Reynoso said.

“It was just a mistake, a simple mistake, these days you kind of have to be on edge about stuff like that, so I don’t blame the reaction, but it couldn’t be helped.”

Christina Soto, explains that although she was at LAC during the time the warning texts went out, she was still very worried for all of the people that she knows who were attending classes at PCC at that time.

“I was caught off guard because as soon as I got the text, I started thinking about what had happened in North Carolina the day before, I reacted out of wanting to know where all of my people were, I texted my friends and family who attend LBCC to double check that they were okay,” Soto said.

In the situation of an active shooter attack, Soto believes that college professors should be given the option to have a gun in their classroom.

“They should be armed, but armed with constant training, like a training every month or some type of annual certification,” added Soto.

The following day, Student Health Services put together a Healing Circle for students to express their feelings and emotions on the incident, only seven students attended and no faculty or staff.