Shootings focus attention on campus safety

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The recent string of deadly shootings on campuses across the United States has renewed the spotlight on how thoroughly colleges and universities are informing students and staff about emergency procedures and proper reactions in such cases.

A survey of the nation’s campuses indicate that some have few plans in place in case an “active shooter” is present on campus, while staff and students at many other campuses may well be unaware of what the campus officials suggest they do in those instances.

The question of preparedness has become pressing in light of shooting deaths on three campuses in less than 10 days. On Oct. 1, nine people were killed on an Oregon community college campus. Then, on Oct. 9, one person was killed in each of two unrelated shootings at universities in Arizona and Texas.

Closer to home, Marshall University had its own scare…

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