San Diego student who prompted Ebola scare was lying about illness to excuse absences

San Diego student who prompted Ebola scare was lying about illness to excuse absences

[Ed. – Oldest alibi in the book.  You knew it hard to start at some point.]

Students at Southwestern College in Chula Vista were evacuated Thursday morning after the student contacted her instructor to report why she had been absent. She told her professor she wasn’t feeling well and her sister was hospitalized after a trip to the Midwest.

As a precaution, school officials shut down one building and sent a safety alert via text to all students and staff, according to Public Information Officer Lillian Leopold.

The student was isolated, and about 50 other students and two faculty members were kept inside the building as the San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services was notified. …

After the student was found to have no infectious disease, she recanted her story and admitted no one in her family has been in the hospital. The Associated Press reported that she made up the story so she would not be dropped because of her absence.

“This is now a student conduct manner and will be treated in accordance with the district’s policy and procedures,” a release from Leopold stated. …

Southwestern College posted this message via Facebook:

“A precaution has been taken regarding a student whose family member reported flu-like symptoms and was hospitalized. The Campus Police have cordoned off the 470 area. The County Department of Health has been called and is in transit to assess the situation.”

Images posted to social media by students showed a large number of students still on campus but standing outside buildings.

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