Behavioral crisis at Reedley College involves student

Student at Reedley College experiences behavioral crisis two days before a planned emergency drill takes place on campus

(Danny Jimenez)
Jon Earnest
Published June 22, 2023  • 
11:00 am

REEDLEY – Law enforcement officials at Reedley College and medical personnel responded to a report of a student on campus reacting erratically with behavior issues one recent morning. There were no injuries sustained as a result of the incident.

At about 11:30 a.m. on June 20, officers with the State Center Community College District (SCCCD) police responded to the scene near the Student Services building on the central part of campus. The unidentified male student reportedly was “experiencing a behavioral crisis” according to a news report from the college.

A SCCCD officer quickly responded to the incident, and Reedley police officers and Sequoia Safety Council medical personnel also arrived at the scene for support. The incident was brought under control, and the student was transported to a medical facility for treatment.

College officials provided no other details about the incident.

Ironically, the report came just two days before a scheduled emergency training exercise on the campus on Thursday, June 22. The training exercise is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. and end no later than 1 p.m. 

Multiple law enforcement agencies will be on campus for the exercise, which is designed to test the college’s emergency plan and will involve simulated situations and responses from the various agencies involved.

Reedley College will remain open with all regularly scheduled classes during the training exercise, with the simulation being coordinated by West Coast Consulting Group Inc. The firm specializes in emergency plans and training for colleges. 

College officials advise the public that the campus is not in crisis mode during the planned exercise.

Jon Earnest