Campus Safety

16 Apr

A little bit after noon on January 22, 2013 my phone began to nearly erupt out of my pocket as I taught class at Lone Star College-University Park. Even though I was teaching class the ridiculous amount of vibrations coming from my left hip forced me to take a look. The text message read “Shooter at Lone Star College – North Harris – seek shelter.” LSC-North Harris is my former campus, and I had signed up for emergencies alerts. The rest of the story made national new, so I’ll spare the details. Bottom line, NOT a mass shooting, just a fight that resulted in a gun being pulled. This guy even managed to shoot himself.

This of course sparked the age old gun debate, especially since Texas legislators currently have a bill proposing guns be allowed on campuses.

Until…..around 11am on Tuesday April 9th, when my phone erupted again. This time it was a stabbing at another sister campus, Lone Star College – CyFair. The suspect was stabbing people randomly, and claimed 14 victims. THIS was a PLANNED MASS ATTACK, and it did not involve a gun.

How does this relate to us, science teachers? It is possible that a student could obtain a scalpel or other sharp instrument from our laboratories. So, keep them locked, its good protocol.

As a member of the HAPS Board, this leaves me thinking, maybe we should update our safety statements at http://www.hapsweb.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=338 to include such topics.

Just remember to be aware of your surroundings and let fight or flight do it’s job if you are in danger.

One Response to “Campus Safety”

  1. jlapres April 18, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    Reblogged this on texashapster.

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