Blog Entry

College Campuses are No Longer a Haven

Posted on: March 3, 2008 8:03 pm
 
This evening, I was sitting here posting on CBS, and was horrified to hear on my local news that my alma mater, Appalachian State was under a LOCKDOWN. I immediately turned to the television, with my jaw dropped and listened. Then I went to the news station's website and then ASU's website for additional information. I called three people that I went to school with to let them know, they had no clue. We were all aware of the street and apartment complex that the gunman was spotted. Apparently, he was just a few blocks away from one side of campus, wearing a ski mask and he had a hand gun. From what I can gather, no shots were fired, and no one was reported injured. At the time of me writing this blog, the Lockdown has been lifted, but the gunman is still at large. You hear about these things on the news, but they are never so personal. THIS IS PERSONAL.

I remember when the Virginia Tech massacre happened last year, it was tragic and horrifying. A lot was learned from that sad day on protocols for universities, thankfully, today, Appalachian State had a plan in place and it was put in action, quickly. I remember sitting here posting and discussing campus safety after Virginia Tech. How a college campus, which used to be thought of as a haven, or a safe place, was now no longer that. I felt saddened that students would no longer walk freely on their campuses and would have to swipe id badges to gain access to buildings. Going to college is supposed to be about testing the water, expressing yourself, your freedom, and testing your boundaries. I want my son to have that experience when he goes to college in thirteen years or so, but will he?

It troubles me that our society has come to this, that this is how we have to protect our population, you are not safe anywhere, your children are not safe at school - but you hope that they will be, our young adults when they leave the nest and flock to college are not safe on their college campuses - but you pray that they will be, we aren't even safe when we shop at a local mall - but we go anyway, we aren't safe at a fast food restaurant - but we still frequent them. We can not succumb to the troubles of the few in our society, we need to continue to live and march forward, because if we coward behind the door of our homes and live in a shell, are we really living?
Comments

Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2008 4:41 pm
 

College Campuses are No Longer a Haven

Well the idiot student that did this is being charged for filing a false police report. The university has said he will be disciplined, perhaps even expulsion.

Um Mom & Dad....dOh!

Here is a link to a letter from Chancellor Peacock detailing the events, and what changes are to take place from here on out.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2008 12:32 pm
 

College Campuses are No Longer a Haven

I have friends that go to NIU, it was crazy hearing the news and having to wonder if they were ok, until I heard from them online, thank God for MySpace, it's my safe haven. 



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2008 10:13 pm
 

College Campuses are No Longer a Haven

And I just heard on the news that this was a hoax.

Oh man, throw the book at this kid.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2008 8:01 pm
 

College Campuses are No Longer a Haven

It's just crazy how much violence has been occuring in schools lately.



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2008 7:55 am
 

College Campuses are No Longer a Haven

LIVE FREE OR DIE

Eddie,
I could not agree with you more, because if we are not living free, we are merely existing...and what kind of life is that?



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2008 7:53 am
 

College Campuses are No Longer a Haven

Well I have gotten more information since last night.

A student walked into their apartment while a robbery was in progress, the robber fled towards campus with a hand gun exposed. The incident was reported to the authorities.

A friend of mine is a professor on the side of campus that was in the immediate area where the gunman was spotted. He was in lockdown with 27 students, one of which decided they would be an idiot and climb out the classroom window.

As a public relations person, Appalachian did what they needed to do to protect their faculty, staff and students, as well as the general public in Boone. What needs to be done now, is an evaluation of the protocol, have feedback from the faculty, staff, students and community, was it effective, what needs to be tweaked, was there something within the parameters of the protocol that needs to be eliminated as it is unnecessary? Was there text messaging to students, that may or may not have access to their email from the Chancellor?



Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2008 7:26 am
 

College Campuses are No Longer a Haven

The guy with the gun won. He didn't have to shoot anybody, didn't have to threaten anybody and all a person has to do is call in a report of someone with a gun and the whole campus is shut down. What a bunch of power we have given to a single person. The hysteria created by the VT shooter has us willing to give up our freedom to move about freely and turn it over to the powers that be. I'm sorry. I understand wanting to protect our children, I have three of my own. However, I will not let the bastards win. I will walk freely where I want, go where I want. Many have asked me what my motto means. When something outside my control takes away some of my freedoms I rebel. I cannot let them win!!!

LIVE FREE OR DIE




Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2008 9:56 pm
 

College Campuses are No Longer a Haven

I graduated from Appalachian in 1995. This was never an issue. Neither was having a school resource officer placed in the school's or going through metal detectors in high school's, but that seems to be the norm now.



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2008 9:44 pm
 

College Campuses are No Longer a Haven

I often wonder why college campuses now have so much violence.When I was enrolled at Penn State in 1989,we never had to deal with this kind of situation.Obtaining an education is tough enough without being scared that a horrible incident can occur at any time.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com