What Local Students Say About Campus Security

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Following the tragedies at Virginia Tech and NIU, many students at local campuses still feel the proper measures are in place in case of an emergency. One FSU student said, "I thought about that and I don't feel scared on this campus. I feel secure."

Drew Goldfarb, an FSU Student, explained the University's text alert. He said, "Because of Virginia Tech last year, they were going to test the text messaging system. By a certain time of the day they basically act as if something had happened and send a test alert and I got it on my cell phone. They basically said this is a test, that this is the FSU alert system if there was an emergency there would be instructions on what to do."

But that only helps if students can get the message. Goldfarb also mentioned that they are not always allowed to have their cell phones in certain classes. He explains one teacher's policy, "The teacher doesn't like us to have any electronics on. No laptops, no cell phones, no nothing."

Joshua Rosen, another FSU Student said, "Florida State University does do a very good job securing the campus. Again, it's hard to stop someone who is determined to go on a rampage."

Campus authorities say they are prepared to respond. Chief David Perry with FSU says they are trying to have 100% of the students in the text alert system. He said, "We have almost a 90 percent enrollment rate because students either tell us during the registration process, they want to receive a text message or they don't and that's their choice, but it is invaluable."

Chief Calvin Ross with FAMU said, "It's very important that agencies have the adequate plans and prepare through constant evaluation of their ability to respond."

Both police chiefs also mentioned, you never know when random attacks could happen, so they urge people to pay attention to warning signs and your surroundings.


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