Police presence at American River College in Sacramento has increased

District leaders say Jamie Barnes, a former student, sent racist and threatening messages targeting American River College president Melanie Dixon and other staff.

Sacramento, California – The Los Rios Community College District is working to ensure safety at American River College in Sacramento. The police presence on the district campus is increasing.

District leaders say a former student, Jamie Barnes, sent more than 300 racist and threatening voice messages targeting college president Melanie Dixon and other staff members in March.

Los Rio police arrested Barnes a second time last week for violating a restraining order.

Police on Thursday sent an email alert to students and staff who attached a photo of Barnes, informing the Los Rios community that Barnes had been released from prison Wednesday night.

“We want to be safe when we’ve come to work,” said Black Faculty and Staff Association President Dr. Debra Crampton said. “We want to know about known threats so that we can take immediate action to protect ourselves, our students and our communities.”

The Los Rിയോos Community College District is partnering with the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) to improve security, transparency and leadership commitment. The association sent a list of demands to the district in protest of last month’s racist attack.

“Our goal is to improve the conditions and opportunities not only for all employees but also for our black students,” Crumpton said. “The name and photo of this (former) student should have been circulated long ago. Now, the district is responding. This is great.

There is no evidence that Barnes returned to campus. The district plans to follow up with a permanent restraining order at a hearing scheduled for April 20 for further action.

Los Rios Community College District sent a statement to the ABC10 Race and Culture Team, reading in full:

“Los Rിയോos is committed to maintaining a safe environment for students and staff on American River College and on all campuses in our district. In response to this threat, we are increasing the police presence in the ARC and moving forward vigorously through all available legal means. Regarding the group, we sincerely thank the team of teachers who are committed to making Los Rിയോos a better place for our black staff and students, and we have shared with the group an initial response to their needs and are constantly communicating with them about improving the culture and climate of working with the black workers in Los Ros.

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