29 February 2008

And Then The College Held A 'Mock Shooting' Drill . . .

But did a poor job of alerting the campus community at North Carolina's Elizabeth City State University.

But then I guess if people know in advance, they wouldn't be able to test how people react. Right? In the end, they got an earful of how people reacted.

"The Friday drill, in which a mock gunman threatened panicked students in the American foreign policy class with death, prompted university officials to apologize this week to Wang and offer counseling to faculty and students."

"The drill was conducted just eight days after a gunman stormed a Northern Illinois University classroom, killing five people before he took his own life. Brown said students, staff and faculty were notified five days in advance that a drill would take place. The word went out via e-mail and text messages. Not everyone got the word."

I've not checked North Carolina's laws on firearms on campus, but I think he's lucky he wasn't shot by a student of a faculty member who, reflecting upon the tragedies at Louisiana Tech, Northern Illinois University and Virginia Tech, have decided for themselves to live by two simple words . . . "never again."

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