Campus security being addressed across Texoma

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

It's been three days since 33 people were murdered on the campus of Virginia Tech, and the threat of random violence is already being addressed at our local college campuses.

Monday's attack at Virginia Tech raises even more questions about our safety and feeling of security, an issue schools across the country have faced reality with for years.

The first notable deadly college shooting on record was in 1966 at the University of Texas at Austin.

Charles Whitman pointed a rifle from the observation deck and begins shooting in a homicidal rampage that went on for 96 minutes. Sixteen people were killed, and 31 were wounded.

More than forty years later, the violence is still so cloudy yet so clear.

Tonight, we take a closer look into what schools are doing to protect our kids.

We've seen the deadly outcomes. Now it’s time to take action.

As you walk around the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, you feel a since of comfort. You don't feel your life could be in danger at any given moment.

Jon Clouse with Campus Security says SOSU is as ready for an attack as any other campus its size with emergency procedures set in place.

"You can go to each building if we have to because we have a lot of agencies coming in that aren't familiar with our area. We have floor plans of each building so we can grab it immediately with pictures so they could have some idea of what it looks like when they go in."

But you won't find security cameras in every parking lot, dormitories, or even classroom buildings.

The only alarms are for fires, and the campus is open to just about anyone.

"Because of the openness of the buildings, things like this are a problem. People walking around in with a gun in their bag, it's hard to stop, that's why we need people on this campus to report suspicious activity."

And Clouse says despite the horror in Blacksburg we can learn from the Viriginia Tech massacre.

"What we need to do is look at things that happened and see how it happened. There were positive things. It’s hard to think anything positive came out of that, but there were things done right, and we need to look at them and learn from mistakes made.

But for now, they're on the right track.

We also talked with both Austin College and Grayson County Community College. Both have security procedures in place as well.

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  • by William Location: Oklahoma on Apr 21, 2007 at 10:46 AM
    Seems like every time a shooting happens the media has to bring up gun control. It is not the guns fault. People will always have access to guns no matter what kind of gun law we have. People kill people. If we didnt have guns their are other means of hurting people. The media seems to run things in the ground and air things on the news, or print stories in the newspapers that are not true at times, or blow thins way out of proportion and I believe that is why it encourages other people to harm somebody or pull pranks. As for campus security it dont matter how trained someone is, campus security cannot be every place at once and it takes time to respond and if someone has a gun that has a 15 round magazine it dont take but a few seconds to empty it. In my opinion it is the media that poisons peoples mind the reason that incidents like this happens. The media they dont care what happens it is a story for them, and after something bad happens they are always right in the way not giving familes privacy to mourn.
  • by Charles Location: Sherman on Apr 20, 2007 at 07:37 AM
    What we really need is to revise our cancelled carry laws in Texas to include schools. At this time if you have a cancelled carry permit you cannot carry your weapon into a school. You can carry it into almost everywhere else in Texas but not schools and government buildings. If only one person per classroom had a weapon to defend him or herself with, the outcome might have been a lot different. The police or campus security will never be able to avoid a terrorist or a crazy person walking into a classroom because of our free society.
  • by Cathy Location: Denison on Apr 19, 2007 at 08:12 AM
    Does it occur to anyone else that perhaps the media coverage of these events encourages others. I know the public has a right to know but we imortalize these people and what they've done with this kind of coverage, and is'nt that part of the problem.
  • by Lynn Location: Sherman on Apr 19, 2007 at 07:25 AM
    I hope that all campuses are looking into security procedures, including all high schools, middles schools, and elementary schools as well...I have a son in elementary school, and pray he and classmates/staff stay one is immune from this kind of disaster, so I don't think we should become complacent.
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