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Students Return to YVCC after Shooting Threat

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Classes resumed at YVCC today after a shooting threat shut down the campus yesterday. Students say they still haven't been told exactly what happened or who was responsible.

Students are frustrated that the college hasn't given them any details on what happened. Instead they have been left exchanging rumors with fellow classmates.

17-year-old Jessica Powers says it was her friend who found the threat yesterday morning.

"She walked into the bathroom and saw they treat written on the wall," said Powers.

She immediately went to staff members with what she found and the campus was completely evacuated within a half-hour.

"We just left as soon as possible. Everybody just grabbed their staff and took off out of class," said YVCC student Steve Escamilla.

In a written statement today the college spokesperson said they implemented their emergency preparedness plan yesterday, but students say it wasn't enough.

They say news of the threat spread fast, but it wasn't because of college staff.

Powers said, "Most kids spread it by text messages and I know it spread like wildfire once people were starting to text."

Jessica said she was a little nervous to be back on campus today and is simply looking for a little reassurance from the faculty.

"It would be good if they could tell us why it's ok to be here today, why we should feel safe being here right now," said Powers.

The college says Yakima Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

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