A Roseville college student was taken into custody in class Monday, moments after she reportedly made gun gestures with her hand in front of school employees.
Just before 11 a.m., the woman was seen outside the admissions office at Heald College along Sierra Gate Plaza in Roseville.
Both Heald College and John Adams Academy, a charter elementary school, were placed on lockdown. The elementary school is in the same plaza as Heald.
Officers surrounded the campus and searched for the armed woman inside and around the schools. Using surveillance video, officers were able to identify the woman as a current student.
She had returned to her Criminal Justice classroom during the lockdown, just as students and a teacher were getting ready to barricade the classroom door.
Her teacher, Professor Conrad Woodall, noticed she was acting differently and figured out that the lockdown was likely linked to her behavior.
“She was throwing tables around, so I was able to get her calm and under control,” said Woodall, also a former Sacramento Police officer.
Other people were confused by the woman’s alleged behavior.
“Some girl came up to my group of friends and asked for a cigarette. She got one and sat down and started shaking. She looked terrifying,” said student Sonya Roldan.
Roseville Police arrived and were not able to find a weapon. They said no shots were fired and no one was injured. After the woman was taken into custody, the lockdown was lifted at both schools.
Heald College President said all the work they’ve done in the past, including security drills to keep students safe, helped with the situation.
“Within an hour, we were back in class and things were back to normal, relatively speaking,” said President Guy Adams.
The woman was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.