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IVC buildings evacuated following telephoned bomb threat

June 13, 2002|By JENNIFER RALTON-SMITH

Staff Writer

A bomb scare Wednesday evening during a board meeting at Imperial Valley College gave newly appointed interim President Jack Fujimoto plenty of get-to-know-you time with faculty and board members.

Along with students, staff and IVC's Board of Trustees, Fujimoto was evacuated to the front lawn of the campus when a bomb threat was called into the Aten Road campus by a male caller around 8:20 p.m.

Judged by the telephone operator who took the call to be "a young male, perhaps in his early to mid-20s with no discernible accent," the caller was reported to have said, "There is a bomb about ready to go off in about 20 minutes in three locations on campus." The caller then hung up.

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Standing on the front lawn outside the main office while the campus was searched, departing President Gilbert Dominguez said, "My first concern of course is for the students and we have six or seven classes out here tonight with approximately 120 students altogether."

Dominguez had directed security staff, maintenance personnel and administrators to evacuate and search occupied classrooms as a first priority as soon as he was notified of the bomb threat.

Dominguez explained part of the procedure that is set into motion immediately after such a call is received on campus.

"As part of the procedure we immediately notify the (county) bomb squad to tell them that we are checking the entire campus. If we find anything unusual then the bomb squad comes in."

The "all-clear" was given by administrative staff about an hour after the hoax call was received.

>>Staff Writer Jennifer Ralton-Smith can be reached at 337-3442 or dingo87@earthlink.net

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