Man in custody after potential threat to Cypress College leads to canceled classes

Police took a man into custody Monday morning in connection with a text message that caused Cypress College officials to cancel classes for fear of violence on campus, authorities said.

Authorities are evaluating the 24-year-old man from Pico Rivera for mental health issues, said Whittier Police Officer John Scoggins.

The man, whom police are not identifying, sent a text to his family in Whittier that contained a “nonspecific threat that a person was potentially suicidal and was considering shooting a school,” police said.

The man did not identify a targeted school in the text, but Cypress College is the last one he attended, Scoggins said.

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