Alert of unsubstantiated threat at Fresno City College has students wanting transparency from police

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- It's not the news thousands of Fresno City College students were expecting to hear as they started a new year.

"At first I was thinking something could've actually happened," said freshman Bernardo Valenzuela.

Students and administrators noticed a heavier police presence on Tuesday as investigators looked into a shooting threat made at the campus.

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Police chief Jose Flores says a student walking on campus Tuesday morning overheard a group of people talking about a shooting, and alerted police.

Flores says they quickly took action and brought in extra officers while contacting local law enforcement and FBI officials in Sacramento.

"We take these threats seriously, but wanted to see what this threat was," the chief said.

Students received emails from the school alerting them of an investigation, though authorities found the threat wasn't credible.

Valenzuela says while he thinks the scare was handled well, he would've liked information early on.

"Next time I prefer they send something like this was going to happen, so be cautious," he said.

However, Jennifer Tucker says her son was anxious after receiving the message but said he'd be marked absent if he didn't go to class.

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"When I asked her my son may feel uncomfortable sitting in class and feeling anxiety, was there anything in place that would allow them to leave..she (the instructor) said no," she said.

Flores says because the threat wasn't deemed credible, they didn't cancel classes and notified students after the investigation was complete.

"Under federal law, if we have credible threats. We must tell the campus community, until then, there's no need to let the campus community know," Flores said.
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