Camouflage-clad student brings police to CCSF 

A student dressed in camouflage threatened to kill his fellow students and faculty at San Francisco City College on Tuesday before police subdued him and discovered he did not have a weapon.

Peter Lee, 53, a City College student, allegedly stood up during a 9 a.m. physics class in room 302 of Science Hall and began "screaming that he was going to kill everybody," Campus police ChiefCarl Koehler said. As the confrontation moved out into the hallway and back into the classroom, faculty in other classrooms in the building locked doors and instructed students to stay in place and take cover.

The incident was the second time a San Francisco college has been locked down since a student gunman massacred 32 students at Virginia Tech on April 16. On April 18, the University of California Hastings College of the Law was closed after a bomb threat appeared on the Internet.

"If there was ever a doubt after the Virginia Tech situation that this could happen to us, that doubt has now been cast aside," City College Chancellor Philip Day Jr. said Tuesday in his conference room, where he said he had been meeting with his cabinet when the 9 a.m. incident took place.

San Francisco police were called at 9:01 a.m. and had Lee in custody by 9:10 a.m., Day said. He was charged with one felony count of making terrorist threats.

"He was dressed in all army green fatigues from head to toes, pants, shirt, boots, looking like he was ready to go to war or something," said a student named Gustavo, who declined to give his last name. "He was saying, ‘I’m gonna kill y’all.’"

Gustavo said the incident "wasn’t too big a deal, but at the same time, it is. You’re here at school, you’ve got more important things to worry about." He said the specter of the Virginia Tech shootings weighed heavily on his mind.

"I wouldn’t say he’s been disruptive but he’s caught the attention of his fellow students and teachers prior to this," Day said of Lee on Tuesday. He said that since the Virginia Tech shooting, the school has begun compiling a list, which currently consists of 25 to 30 students considered to be a risk. Those are students who have previously acted in a disruptive manner, Day said. Lee was not on that list.

Day said part of the reason for the quick response on the part of the staff wasthat many department heads whose offices are in the science building were seated around the conference table in Day’s office when the incident took place.

"That just happened to be the scenario this morning. What we’ve got to do is have that same capacity in situations where I just don’t happen to be meeting with my cabinet," Day said.

Lee was still in custody Tuesday afternoon. His bail is $20,000, Sheriff’s spokeswoman Susan Fahey said.

amartin@examiner.com

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