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Judge to rule whether San Gabriel suspect's college attendance violates bail conditions

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A local college is seeking legal clarification surrounding the status of one its students. Bret Stephen Landen, the man accused of threatening an Atascadero elementary school in September, is currently attending Cuesta College. 

Landen is under court order to stay away from "any school" with the exception of one county-run school. The college has requested the court clarify what "school" means. Dr. Gil Stork is the President of Cuesta College and said they want to enforce the order, if it applies.

In a statement released Thursday, Cuesta College acknowledged safety concerns, but said unless the judge rules the otherwise, the school will honor Landen's legal right to attend Cuesta. 

"It's really designed to be open to anyone who is seeking to improve their [life]," said Stork, "That's the spirit of what the community college system in California has become."

He said students with criminal pasts who abide by their provisions and the college's code of conduct have every right to attend.

The judge who gave the Landen his bail conditions is expected to rule on the issue Wednesday.

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