April 20, 2007

Still processing what happened at Virginia Tech

For some reason, I wasn't really hit by the murders at Virginia Tech until Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Students, faculty, staff, administrators, and parents around the country are realizing that we don't have walls around most campuses, and we tend to trust the people who are walking around campus. In the middle of rural Virginia, everyone at Virginia Tech must have felt safer than those at most campuses. The first response in Florida and elsewhere is to identify the obvious holes in security: not enough police officers on campus, not enough counselors, insufficient communications for emergencies. The other issues will take longer.

I have no great wisdom to offer, and I think it'll take a while to figure this out.

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Posted in Higher education on April 20, 2007 9:15 AM |