ARC receives potential threat against theater production of “Gumbo”

LRPD determines the campus is safe and secure


On March 26,2022, a potential threat was identified by the Los Rios Police Department towards an American River College theater show and has since been cleared as safe to go on campus. (Photo by Alyssa Branum)

On March 26, ARC received a call reporting a possible threat toward the theater production on campus that was set to take place at 2 p.m. later that day according to campus police. 

According to the ARC Theatre website, the production of “Gumbo” was scheduled for that time and is now being rescheduled for a later date in the semester. 

“Gumbo” is an annual musical at ARC that celebrates diversity and is a way to honor two alumni students who have since passed.

As a precaution, events were canceled for the rest of the day. Students and staff were notified via Los Rios alert to vacate the area until further notice.

According to Scott Crow, ARC’s public information officer, the threat was unrelated to recent racist threats against ARC President Melanie Dixon. 

“After investigating, the Los Rios Police later determined that there was no threat to the college and the campus was safe and secure,” Crow said in an email to the Current.

The Los Rios Police Department stationed police in the surrounding area of the theater until it was later determined the area was clear and everyone was safe. Operations have resumed as normal on campus according to an updated Los Rios Alert.