Leading by Example Reinforces Crisis Communications

Janice Evans-Davis
3 min readMar 25, 2021
Houston Community College Central Campus

This week’s deadly rampage in Colorado reminded me of an active shooter threat at Houston Community College a few years ago and the response that was executed to keep the public informed.

Before we proceed further, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the people of Boulder. I cannot imagine the horror of those who were inside the store at the time or the grief and anger of the surviving family members and friends. Thankfully, the HCC crisis didn’t end with the loss of life, but it was scary and required crisis communications.

It was 2018, about 10 days before eight students and two teachers would be shot and killed at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. HCC students were taking their finals and graduation plans were underway.

Using a fictitious name, 21-year old Luis Antonio Rivera posted the following on Facebook: “I will attack and shoot everyone and kill everyone in hcc Central campus in May 7 2018 I will kill everyone including students and teachers are gonna die and also I will kill the hcc police department.”

The post ignited an FBI investigation and HCC went into crisis mode, releasing the following statement:

“Houston Community College will close its Central College campus at 1300 Holman Street tomorrow due to a shooting threat made



Janice Evans-Davis

Janice Evans-Davis is a public affairs/public relations strategist in Houston, TX.