Cerritos College closes for day after bomb scare

Students evacuate the campus after officials gave the “all safe.” Photo by Alex Dominguez

Students evacuate the campus after officials gave the “all safe.” Photo by Alex Dominguez

NORWALK - Cerritos College closed early on Tuesday after a possible threat to campus forced students, staff, and faculty to shelter in place for several hours.

The threat came shortly before 12:30 p.m., with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s and campus personnel responding.

College President Jose Fierro said that the suspect walked into a classroom, claiming to be a terrorist and that he had a bomb.

Students, sheltered in the Physical Science and Tech Building, watch as Sheriff’s arrive on scene. Photo by Alex Dominguez

Students, sheltered in the Physical Science and Tech Building, watch as Sheriff’s arrive on scene. Photo by Alex Dominguez

The college tweeted that “this is not a drill.” A later update pinpointed the threat to a drop-off area near the Administration Building.

Those on campus and in the immediate area were urged to avoid the building, as well as parking lots 3 and 4, all of which were safely evacuated.

Other areas remained on lockdown status until police gave the okay to evacuate.

Shortly after 2 pm, Sheriff’s tweeted that the situation was “all safe.”

One suspect was taken into custody; however, his identity has not yet been revealed. It is unknown if he is a student at the school.

All remaining classes for the day were cancelled, but resumed the following day. Counseling was offered on Wednesday and Thursday for those who needed it.