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Classes returned to normal Tuesday after a Spokane Community College student was threatened. Teachers canceled some culinary arts classes after the threat was received. Classes returned to normal Tuesday after a Spokane Community College student was threatened. Teachers canceled some culinary arts classes after the threat was received.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Classes returned to normal Tuesday after a Spokane Community College student was threatened. Teachers canceled some culinary arts classes after the threat was received.

William Ringer, the suspect, was taken into custody Monday night in Lake County, Calif. Police say he was threatening two people.

Students are upset because they never got information about why there were police cars on campus.

“It was concerning to us that they didn't notify the student body. I mean we all carry cell phones, they could've easily let us know,” says Alicia Gustafson, a SCC nursing student.

Alicia says the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon is on everyone's mind. So hearing of a threat, “your nerves are still a little bit high. Everybody’s on edge anyways so having it hit close to home is scary,” she says.

But the school says they decided not to send out an alert because campus security learned the man who made the threat wasn't in the geographical area.

“This was actually a private matter with a student that actually occurred off campus and we didn't feel like we should needlessly create panic or concern among students,” says Dr. Ryan Carstens, SCC president.

The school says if there was a campus wide threat or issue they would use the notification system. Alicia still wants to see changes though in getting more information when things like this happen.

“I think it's a really real threat and I think that practicing fire drills, if it's important enough to practice that it's important enough to practice a evacuation drill as well.”

Ringer is expected to appear in court in California Wednesday. He will be extradited unless he waives extradition. 

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