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Advocate editorial board opinion: College was on top of things during shooter incident

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Sept. 26, 2011 at 4:26 a.m.


Usually, it's only hindsight that is 20/20 vision. In the case of Victoria College, we'd have to say its vision was almost perfect last week in response to a shooter on campus.

Victoria College, in a dangerous event, notifies its students, staff and teachers by email, home and cell phones. This is done in coordination with a lockdown - lockdowns are done for the protection of everyone on campus. Doors are locked and those inside classrooms and other rooms hunker down until the coast is clear.

The shooter, who came to the Victoria College campus Sept. 22, was handled in the same manner. While campus police worked with Victoria police to apprehend the shooter and secure the campus, the rest of the campus population was stationary in the safety of locked rooms.

We praise Victoria College administration and police for their training, wisdom and prompt solution to what otherwise could have been tragic. And we praise the Emergency Alert System that Victoria College has in place.

The college now will test its system Oct. 12 to make sure all are getting the messages it sends in emergency situations, according to Darin Kazmir, Victoria College director of marketing and communications.

To receive a test notification, all students, staff, teachers and administrators must have up-to-date contact information on the college's website and Pirate Portal. Staff encourages all to update contact information.

If you need assistance to update your college information, please stop by Room 123 of the Health Sciences Center on Tuesday or Wednesday anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. You may also call the Call Center at 361-573-3291 for assistance.

We also applaud the campus for a continued effort to improve its alert system.

Administrators have asked for input from the public, students, staff and other administrators for any ideas that would aid in protecting all in campus emergency situations.

To send or call in an idea, contact Jennifer Yancey at jennifer.yancy@victoriacollege.edu or phone her at 361-582-2519.

Again, thank you, Victoria College for being prepared for emergency situations.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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