CHULA VISTA, Calif., October 17, 2014– Thursday morning, sections of a California community college were quickly evacuated following one student’s claim that she and her family had been exposed to Ebola and quarantined. The female student made the claim to her instructor whom she had contacted to explain her absence.
The student’s report sent the Southwestern College campus in Chula Vista into lock-down. School officials shut down one building and issued a safety alert via text message to the student body.
The student who made the claim was temporarily isolated and quarantined. Meanwhile, approximately 50 other students and 2 faculty members were kept locked inside the building while the San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services was notified.
The student’s claim was later found to be false, following the evaluation of the student by a campus nurse. The student reportedly made the story up to prevent being dropped from a class due to an absence.
Public Information Officer Lillian Leopold stated, “Our campus nurse has thoroughly examined the student, and there is no expectation of Ebola.”
The student reportedly recanted her story following the nurse’s diagnosis. Leopold stated, “This is now a student conduct manner and will be treated in accordance with the district’s policy and procedures.”