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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