Since 2013, there have been more than 300 education-campus related gunfire incidents in the U.S.—an average of about one per week. With an increase in hostile events, gunfire incidents and other security breaches have prompted parents and administrators to examine and improve campus security.
Safety and security must be front of mind for university and college administrators. Protecting the wellbeing of students, staff, faculty, and guests is not only simply the right thing to do, but it also reduces risk and exposure for the institution itself.
Schools are able to issue trespass warnings to anyone who makes a disturbance or is believed to be dangerous to the safety and health of students. If a person trespasses and returns, law enforcement may arrest them.
The university released a statement Sunday saying that the Rock was painted "to communicate hate," and that the messages, "which are hurtful and threatening to many members of our community, do not represent our Volunteer values."
The Allentown School District said its new elementary school campus will be secure from visitors, despite plans for the building to include community space open to the public.
"Every exterior door will have electronic sensors, which will alert principals and staff in real time, letting them know when a door gets opened, or has been left ajar," Blaszkowski said.
The proposed bill focuses on the addition of locks to the inside and outside of every door in every campus building throughout the state.
Students at Springboro High School in Springboro, Ohio, were sent home Thursday morning as police combed the building in response to an after-hours entry by a student.
The incident took place on a Sunday night after a game of pick-up basketball on the university campus. One man was shot twice and taken to the hospital. Neither the injured man nor the suspect are GSU students.
“We want to see firsthand where and how students feel unsafe on campus, especially at night,” Heng said. “So having the safety walk is a way for us to actively search for problem areas so we can best work on making campus a safer place for all students.”