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 .