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Vol. 67, Ed. 4
The American River
A former ARC student was arrested Thursday night after a student reported a threat he was alleged to have made.
DA TABLES CHARGES
The District Attorney declined to press charges on Tuesday, but have requested further investigation.
‘JUSTICE WAS DONE’
Kristofer Clark’s mother said she’s ‘fearful the claim was hate-driven’ after his release was announced Tuesday.
ASB PRESIDENT COMES OUT IN SUPPORT OF TRUSTEE WEAVER AFTER HOLOCAUST CONTROVERSY PAGE 4 October 14, 2015
Resigned president blasts ARC SAYS ARC ADMIN ‘DO NOT CARE ABOUT US’ By John Ferrannini and Jordan Schauberger firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Above photo by Barbara Harvey / Below photo courtesy of the Los Rios Police Department
Above, ARC President Thomas Greene and Los Rios Capt. John McPeek address the press Friday about the arrest of Kristofer Clark, pictured below.
CAMPUS BOMB PLOT SUSPECT RELEASED DA DECLINES TO PURSUE CHARGES PENDING FURTHER INVESTIGATION FRIENDS PROTEST ARREST:
SUSPECT CLAIMS INNOCENCE:
By Barbara Harvey firstname.lastname@example.org
By John Ferrannini and Matthew Peirson
Friends of Clark took to social media to rally support for the former ARC student, who they say is innocent.
Friends of the former American River College student arrested Thursday night for allegedly threatening to attack the campus took to social media to protest his innocence, days before he was released from custody Tuesday. A Facebook group titled “Truth for Kristofer Clark” had nearly 600 members Tuesday, just days after news spread of the arrest of 21-year-old Kristofer Clark. Posts on the public page are an array of pictures and messages in support of Clark, who was released when the District Attorney decided not to file charges pending further investigation. Clark said that he was accused of saying to a woman he was hugging that the school was going to “be blown up.” He was arrested at approximately 6:10 p.m. Thursday at
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Clark, 21, denied making the alleged threat that the American River College campus would ‘be blown up’
ON THE WEB Keep up-to-date with stories surrounding the arrest and release of Kristofer Clark at ARCurrent.com
After he was arrested Thursday for making what police said was a “credible threat” against the American River College main campus, former ARC student Kristofer Wayne Clark, 21, professed his innocence. “I’m hoping (the police) got my name wrong … I felt angry because I didn’t understand what was going on,” Clark told with ABC10 News from the Sacramento County Jail. “I wanted answers but nobody was giving them to me. All I’m thinking is ‘what’s going on.’” Clark, who as of press time was expected to be released Tuesday after the District Attorney declined to pursue charges, said that he was accused of saying to a woman
THREAT | PAGE 4
Former Associated Student Body Student Senate President Garrett Kegel sent an email to the Current on Oct. 2 in which he made serious allegations against the American River College administration and ASB adviser Juan Miguel Blanco while stating the reasons for his abrupt Sept. 29 resignation. Kegel said that he resigned due to medical reasons relating to an anxiety disorder and was not allowed to go on medical leave, leading him to feel he had no choice but to resign. “I felt that there was no other option,” said Kegel in the email. “I asked my adviser Juan Blanco to help accommodate for my disability, yet I did not receive much help.” Kegel said that shortly after his resignation, he wanted to retract his decision but was told by the Center for Leadership and Development that he could not do that. “The Center for Leadership and Development refused, due to accreditation being so close,” said Kegel in the email. “I received no amnesty. No forgiveness. I didn’t even get a day to think about resigning, to calm down and attempt to cope with my anxiety.” Kegel went on to say that the administration “do(es) not care about us.” “I am a victim of process and procedure, something that the ARC administration uses to block the view of all the bright, optimistic faces of the student body,” said Kegel in the email. “We are not students to them, we are ‘transients.’ We are just passing through. They do not care about
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Dancing in the dark: ARC glovers share their insight on the EDM dance style.
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