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Virginia Tech Aftermath in Florida

April 17th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

The Virginia tech shootings are on the minds of college students and parents everywhere. In Tallahassee, at the FSU campus, College Police Chiefs from around the country were already gathered to discuss how to prevent and respond to emergencies. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the chiefs are reexamining how they do business.

Hear it here: Shooting Aftermath

FSU police say they have a plan to respond to a campus shooter…and it has been practiced…but Police Chief David Kelly says it is only as good as the information that is fed to them.

“Looking back at other past incidents, there have been a pattern of circumstances that could point to a change in behavior and those are the cues that we need to be mindful for it.”

While students say they feel safe, Finance Major Ronald Chunga of Miami says the Virginia shootings are the talk of FSU

“There should have been way better notification. The guy was a college student. They should have let the students know if they if they wanna be in school… if they wanna be in class or not, says Chunga.

Police chiefs from almost a dozen ACC schools were already meeting in Tallahassee to discuss safety. Most say it is too early to know if their plans need to change.

With 30 or 40 thousand students crisscrossing campus every day, the problem remains: how do you tell them all something right now?

University of Miami Police Chief David Rivero says everyone needs to look at new communication technology. “So that’s one of the things we’re going to look at to see if there is an ability to have a better P-A system or alarms or sirens or something that we train and tell our students how to respond.”

FSU is making counseling available to students… police presence is up. And the school is already talking about how to reach students with safety information when small classes begin.

Governor Charlie Crist has ordered state flags flow at half staff until Sunday in honor of the Virginia Tech shooting victims. University police chiefs have also been asked to appear before a legislative committee next week to talk about their campus security plans.

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