We all (the writing center consultants) had an unexpected day off yesterday. The security folks decided to close the campus due to a threat of violence. I haven’t heard any official word, but the unofficial word is that a note was found in the bathroom near the Social Sciences faculty offices. One version (of the unofficial word) says it made a general threat of violence. Another version says it listed specific people (i.e., a hit list).
Seems the copy-cat phenomenon is particularly widespread this time. I saw in the paper this morning that Skagit Valley College — also yesterday — cancelled their evening classes, and Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus — also yesterday! — closed “after a threat of violence was discovered.” So, yikes, what is this? An organized effort to disrupt campuses on exactly the same day: “Hey, guys, let’s pick a day and leave notes in bathrooms to make whole campuses close!”?
I guess I agree with the better-safe-than-sorry idea in this case. There’s a lot more to lose by staying open than by closing. But I just hope the prankster doesn’t feel such a thrill from closing an entire campus that he/she doesn’t do something similar again (or something worse) just to get that thrill again. You don’t close an entire campus without getting some sick sense of power.
And, hey, it’s an especially-sick sense of power when he/she also succeeds in stopping writers from working with each other, even if only for a day.
Now THAT’s dangerous!