“RCC is evacuating all campuses immediately due to a threat received via email. RCC received a threat today from a person claiming to be an RCC student. Law enforcement and security have been notified. Out of an abundance of caution, all people are asked to stay away from campus.”
The neighboring Medford library building will be closed out of an abundance of caution.
According to police, employees with RCC reported they received an email from someone claiming to be an RCC student who was going to bring a rifle to class. The email didn’t specify which campus the “student” attended.
After an investigation, police determined the name associated with the email didn’t match any RCC student.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office handled a similar incident the same morning, which lead the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office to conclude the subjects email account had been hacked. Other threatening emails were sent to numerous locations including Colorado and Florida.
The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office called the emails a hoax.
This isn’t the first time the school has issued evacuation warnings. In July 2017, a note was found at the Riverside Campus referencing the 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting. It was seen as a “credible threat” and the campus was evacuated.
In September 2017, the Medford Campus was evacuated after a bomb threat was discovered scrawled on a whiteboard.