Crime & Justice

Former student detained after threat prompts canceled classes at Cypress College

An entrance to Cypress College in Orange County is blocked Monday March 5, 2018.
An entrance to Cypress College in Orange County is blocked Monday March 5, 2018.
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A Southern California community college canceled classes Monday morning for investigation of a possible threat after a former student told relatives he wanted to shoot up a school, police said.

Cypress College in northern Orange County reopened at noon after law enforcement detained a man for a mental health evaluation, officials said.

Police in the Los Angeles County city of Whittier received a report late Sunday from relatives of a 24-year-old man who told authorities he said in a text message he wanted to shoot up a school, said officer John Scoggins. The threat was not specific but the last school the man had attended was Cypress College, so authorities notified the campus, Scoggins said.

No weapons were found at the man's home in Pico Rivera and he was detained for a mental health evaluation, Scoggins said. The man was not named by police.

The school was placed on lockdown and classes were cancelled until the issue was resolved, campus officials said.

The man was arrested in 2016 for investigation of felony vandalism on campus and had been at the school three times in the last two weeks displaying erratic behavior, the college said in a statement.

Marc Posner, a spokesman for the college, said the man was asked to leave the campus last week because of his behavior.

The two-year college enrolls about 15,500 students each semester.

This story has been updated.