February 14, 2008
Valentine's Day MassacreCBS2 News Chicago reports:
DE KALB, Ill (CBS) ― A gunman opened fire on a geology class at Northern Illinois University Thursday afternoon, killing five people before taking his own life on stage as panicked students ran and ducked for cover.The Chicago Tribune has a video of an eyewitness account.
I've often wondered about the safety of sprawling university campuses which seem so open and accessible to the public, in spite of several school shooting incidents in the past.
I suppose tighter security in the form of metal detectors and vehicle inspection checkpoints would severely alter the quality of campus life, not to mention cumbersome for universities that are practically towns based on their size and population, but something like this couldn't hurt:
In keeping with a new security system put in place after the Virginia Tech shootings, NIU issued an alert at 3:20 p.m. CT Thursday telling students to avoid Kings Common and buildings in the area. All activities were canceled until further notice.No preventive measure can guarantee anyone's safety if some wacko goes berserk, but some type of warning system that can quickly warn students of imminent danger is a must, and all universities should be required to have them.
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