Shooting incidents on college campuses are causing more and more concerns about campus security. Students are wondering what they can do to help if an incident is to occur. Dr. Robert Pearigen is the president of Milsaps College. He says any suspicions should be reported to campus security.
"I think it would be important, if there's a real serious concern, for someone to report to the campus security. Campus security then would have to go through the right processes and procedures to determine what they might do, whether to question that person or confront them in some way. I think leaning on the security department would be very important in a circumstance like that," says Pearigen.
Mississippi State University had a scare about a possible shooter on their campus a few weeks ago. MSU's president, Mark Keenum says that was enough to revamp the university's safety procedures.
"It really tested our response system. But, in hindsight, we learned that although we responded extremely well, we still had some issues we needed to address. We decided that we were going to implement a little TLC on our campus. The "T" is for training, "L" is locks, and communication," Keenum says.
Keenum says flip charts showing how to respond to shooters, emergency weather, and other forms of crisis are in every classroom and office on MSU's campus. He says proper preparation can pay off in the event of any type of emergency.
So far this year, there have been 17 shootings on college campuses, including Delta State University in Cleveland.