L.U.B.C. Community College in Los Angeles, California, is under fire for the first time for a “mass shooting” threat made by a student, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.
The school’s president, William F. O’Connor Jr., has been on leave since February following the shooting at the L.L.A.-based institution, which had about 1,400 students in its freshman year, which began last December.
O’Connor has been under pressure from his critics over the past few weeks to address the school’s troubled student body, which is now ranked by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the country’s worst in terms of achievement.
O, Connor has denied that the student made the threat.
But the student’s mother, Trina, told The Times that her son made a threatening statement to her that day, saying that the school should be shut down and that students should be killed.
O, Connor’s statement to the mother was shared with The Times.OConnor, who also happens to be the director of the school, has defended his actions and said that the threat was made on social media and by students who have been “pushed” to make it.
O Connor also released a statement on Thursday saying he has received a number of threatening messages and “has been receiving threats and harassing messages” since the shooting.
“I know my actions were not necessary to prevent this tragedy, but I am disappointed in the way my actions have been misinterpreted and portrayed by some,” O’Conner said in the statement.
“Our school and our community will continue to strive to be a beacon of love and acceptance in our community and I am heartbroken by the hurt this tragedy has caused.
I am truly sorry for what I did and I apologize to the families of those who lost their lives.”
O’Conners statement said that he has spoken to the student and will continue with his job as president.
“There is nothing more I can do to protect my students and their families,” O Conners statement reads.
“I have no further comment.”
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