Police Investigating Incident Involving Cal State Long Beach Student Flashing Knife in Class

An incident involving a Cal State Long Beach student who allegedly flashed a knife in class is being investigated by the Long Beach Police Department, university officials announced Thursday.

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The incident happened on Thursday, February 25 during a Race, Class and Gender course taught by assistant professor Sabrina Alimahomed-Wilson, according to a CSULB student who posted details of the incident on social media earlier this week.

According to the student, who was not a witness to the incident, a white male student pulled out a knife on a black female student during a heated conversation.

CSULB President Jane Close Conoley commented on the incident via Twitter. 

Campus officials released the following statement in response to the incident:

“On February 25 an incident occurred at Cal State Long Beach whereby a faculty member grew concerned that a student was visibly in possession of a small knife in the classroom. In response the student was asked to leave and the class was cancelled. Shortly after, the incident was reported and the University Police Department acted immediately to investigate. A threat assessment was conducted on the individual in possession of the knife, and it was determined that a timely warning notice was not warranted as there was no imminent and ongoing threat to the campus community.

The campus has also undertaken a student conduct investigation of the incident. Independent of this action, the Long Beach Police Department has taken on an investigation into whether any criminal activity has taken place. While the investigations are ongoing the university cannot provide additional details about the specific incident.

Since this incident took place, members of the campus community have expressed concerns about safety. The safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors is always a critical concern. While it was determined that there was no imminent physical threat, even the perception of any threat can cause distress."

The statement went on to say that any member of the campus community feeling distressed may access available services through the Dean of Students Office at 562.985.8670 or Counseling and Psychological Services at 562.985.4001.

Officials stated that while racial inequality and violence is being discussed on college campuses throughout the country, the university believes it critical that "all members of the campus have an opportunity to have their voices heard and solutions discussed" for the issues. A series of discussions to allow for open and honest dialogue is currently being coordinated by the Division of Student Affairs, according to officials.

"The university makes safety a top priority," the release stated. "The Beach community can be assured that in the event of any potential physical threat of violence the university will notify the campus community as well as take the proper course of action to mitigate the threat.”

The LBPD has not responded to a request for comment on the incident.

No additional information was available at this time. The Post will update this report as the situation develops.



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