Cal Poly Pomona public safety officials are on heightened alert after a student, Kyle Bangayan, was arrested in Los Angeles on charges of making criminal threats against elementary schools and later released.
The student was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department on Sunday morning after he posted what appeared to be violent threats against elementary schools on social media.
The investigation did not reveal a specific threat to any individual or school. However, firearms were recovered at his parents’ home, where Bangayan was visiting. The firearms were registered to a deceased relative. On Monday evening, prosecutors from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against the student, stating that threats must reference a specific victim in order for there to be prosecution.
The University is conducting a separate investigation into whether the Student Code of Conduct was broken and is utilizing interim disciplinary action. In addition, University Police have increased uniformed patrols and issued a temporary ban of the student from campus.
“If you ever have a concern that someone you know might be a risk to themselves or others, don’t stay silent. We have a network of campus professionals in the PolyCARES program who can help,” says Bruce Wilson, acting chief of police. “If you ever wonder ‘Should I…?’ then you certainly should reach out to us for advice, consultation or help.”
PolyCARES is a program at Cal Poly Pomona that offers a coordinated response to those who might be a risk to themselves or others. The program receives requests for assistance for a range of issues, including:
- Violent acts
- Bizarre behavior
- Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
- Hate crimes and hate incidents
- Extreme distress
- Family or domestic problems
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Termination or discipline
Anyone with concerns about an individual who might be a risk to themselves or others is urged to request assistance from PolyCARES:
- For immediate help, call University Police at (909) 869-3070 or 9-1-1
- For advice or consultation, call Counseling Services at (909) 869-3220. Crisis counselors are available after hours, including evenings, weekends, and during campus closures through a telephone hotline that can be reached at the same number.
- For non-emergencies, a confidential tip line is available at (909) 869-3399