|Office of the Chancellor / Public Affairs||
Friday, May 14, 2004
Ex-student barred from campuses
The San Bernardino Community College District was granted a temporary restraining order this week against a former student because of an e-mail officials said was threatening in nature.
The order forbids Dawn Crawford from visiting any district facility - such as San Bernardino Valley College, Crafton Hills College or district headquarters - or attending any district-sponsored event, including graduations scheduled for next week at Arrowhead Credit Union Park, district spokeswoman Donna Hoffmann said.
The district was notified several weeks ago of an e-mail allegedly written by Crawford that led college officials to believe they should take precautions, Hoffmann said. Crawford was arrested on suspicion of making terrorist threats but was released because the districtattorney declined to press charges.
Attempts to reach Crawford on Thursday were unsuccessful. A hearing will be held June 1 to determine whether to make the restraining order permanent.
Chancellor Donald Averill said Thursday that the college cannot take a chance on whether the threat is serious.
"I have to protect my board," Averill said. "There have been too many incidents nationally ... where things weren't taken seriously and they ended in disastrous results."
Crawford has been involved in disputes with the district going back nearly four years, when she was elected to the student senate. While working in the student senate office, Crawford said, she endured a racial slur. She then refused to work her required hours and was later removed from office for failing to perform her duties.
Crawford filed a grievance with the district but was not reinstated. She eventually filed a lawsuit.
At one point, campus police with a warrant searched her apartment and seized her computer. She was accused of making terrorist threats.
Crawford later filed a request for a restraining order against the then-president of Valley College and a professor. A judge refused to grant the order.
In November she ran unsuccessfully for the district's Board of Education.
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