Campus Officials Failed to Warn Employees of Threat

    Dear Editor,

    We are not paid enough to be sacrificial victims, and we are
    not trained to be a bomb squad.

    On Dec 5. one of the staff working in the Leichtag Biomedical
    Research Building

    found a bomb.

    The bomb was a propane tank strapped with nails and shotgun
    cartridges. We were extremely worried for the well-being of all our research
    staff and animal technicians that might have been harmed if the bomb had
    exploded. We are relieved that all ended well.

    As the crisis abated, however, our relief turned to outrage.
    As we realized how our employer had dealt with the threat, UCSD received a bomb
    threat from an animal-rights group on the evening of Dec. 4 and again on the
    morning of Dec. 5.

    Rather than calling for trained bomb experts to thoroughly
    investigate the threat and warn all the staff working in the building, the
    animal technicians were just told to keep their eyes out for anything
    suspicious.

    Sheer luck avoided what could have been a massive
    humanitarian catastrophe leaving many injured or even dead.

    That administrators at UCSD value our lives so little truly
    astounds and grieves us.

    We demand an investigation and consequences for the
    supervisors and administrators that failed to warn employees first thing this
    morning and call in the appropriate authorities.

    Our animal technicians are among the lowest-paid and
    hardest-working employees on campus. They have a true dedication to the
    wellbeing of the animals under their care.

    They deserve better, as do the rest of the staff in the
    building.

    — Carolan Buckmaster

    President, UC Professional and Technical Employees Local 9

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