C/R Gives All-Clear, Classes Resume Friday

Thursday, April 18, 2013

College of the Redwoods Press Release

EUREKA – The search of the College of the Redwoods main Eureka campus for a possible bomb was concluded at approximately noon on Thursday, April 18.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and CR Security and staff were assisted by personnel from Eureka Police, the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, F.B.I., Humboldt State University, Humboldt Bay Fire District and Cal Fire. No explosives or suspicious devices were located. Sheriff’s detectives are continuing with the criminal investigation.

“When you are experiencing a crisis situation you really find out how many community partners you have who are dedicated to the safety of CR students, faculty and staff,” said CR President Kathy Smith. “We sincerely appreciate the assistance of all the emergency personnel as well as Eureka City Schools, Humboldt State University and Humboldt Transit Authority (HTA), all of whom provided services to our residence halls students during this challenging time.”

The CR residence halls students returned to the campus late Thursday afternoon.

Classes at the Eureka main campus will resume as usual on Friday, April 19. The campus will remain closed for the rest of Thursday for all classes and activities, including the AAU basketball league games and Take Back the Night t-shirt decorating event.

On Thursday at approximately 12:15 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by   CR students of an internet posting regarding a bomb threat directed at the CR Eureka campus. The internet posting stated the bomb would detonate on Thursday, April 18. The Sheriff’s Office immediately notified CR Security. The college administration decided to close campus as a precaution and all classes and activities were canceled for the day. All CR residence hall students were evacuated for the day to an offsite location provided by Eureka City Schools.  The Humboldt Transit Authority provided transportation and Humboldt State University contributed food for the students.

Sheriff’s detectives are working with the Internet provider to determine who posted the threat. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was also notified and was present on campus during the search. False reporting of a bomb is a crime and subject to state prison and fines.

Anyone with information regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251, the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539 or CR Public Information Officer Paul DeMark at (707) 476-4561.