Local College Security Official Weighs in on Oregon Mass Shooting

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Roseburg, Oregon- Umpgua Community College is in the small town of Roseburg, Oregon. That’s where a gunman opened fire in a classroom Thursday morning. The suspected gunman was killed after a shootout with police. The mass shooting has local college security thinking proactively.

“Unfortunately, this tragedy that took place in Oregon is going to raise that level of awareness for some time now”, said Bill Barrett.

Bill Barrett is the Director of Safety and Security at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, Luzerne County. He provides students and staff with with active shooter training video.

“The basic premise is run from something. If you can’t run from something, hide from it. Secure yourself in place. Worst case scenario, you’ve got to fight your way out of the situation”, added Barrett.

But college campuses present a challenge when it comes to security.

“Unlike high schools and grade schools, you can’t get in after a certain time. Colleges and universities usually consist of multiple buildings. Sometimes, dozens of buildings that you can literally walk through at any time”, he added.

Yet, Barrett believes area schools are prepared. One security measure is that students and staff can send panic alerts from the classroom without picking up a phone. He adds, arming campus security officers is also important.

“Unheard of 10-15 years ago. Now, even in our own area, including our college, we carry weapons to protect our students and staff as much as possible. You can have all the cameras and locks that you could possibly have. But, they’re all defeatable. You just do as much as you can, training, and have the right people in the right place”, Barrett added.

He adds security officials in our area meet regularly to discuss ways to improve campus security. Also, schools provide their students and staff with training about on-campus shooting procedures.

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