Local campuses prepare in wake of university shooting

Ivy Tech protects students with high-tech warning system


In the aftermath of Monday's deadly college shooting in Oakland California, the debate over allowing students to conceal on campus has found new traction in the Circle City.

"It’s a scary thing, because you have to rely on law enforcement and you don't know how long it's going to take for them to get there," says IUPUI student Eugene Gephart. 

IUPUI junior Andrea Olson says, "I feel safe here, so I guess I trust them enough."

Every major college and university in our area bans guns on campus, including Ivy Tech.

Director of Public Safety Jason Carroll says there's good reason. "If a situation did take place and everybody was armed who's going to be the shooter? Law enforcement won't know who the victim is or who the perpetrator is."

This January, Ivy Tech launched a new high tech warning system.

Alert beacons throughout its multiple campuses make noises, flash and scroll messages about what to do in case of an emergency or attack.

Carroll says alerts can also go out to every desktop computer on campus.

In addition students, faculty and staff get trained on how to react if a shooter does come on campus.

Carroll says the key things to remember are "Close the windows. Shut the blinds. Turn off the lights, and be quiet and spread out... you don't want to huddle in a big large group, because if the person does get in you're an easy target."

These days all campuses have an emergency plan, but despite their best efforts - some students fear it's not enough.

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