IUSB Students React to VA Tech Shootings

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

“I was just angry that it would happen at all let alone at a place where people are living to learn, or that’s why they’re there, it just doesn’t make sense,” IUSB student Dane Blue says hours after learning about the attacks at Virginia Tech.

While they mourn the deaths at Virginia Tech, students and personnel at IUSB say they're thankful that they've never had to deal with a situation in any way similar, but they realize they are just as vulnerable to the threat in many ways

“We have a firearms policy here on campus, that nobody can carry a fire arm, but if somebody is intent on carrying out some type of incident like this they're going to bring a firearm,” IUSB director of safety and security Martin Gersey tells News Center 16.

There are a lot of differences between IUSB and Virginia Tech, one of the main differences is that IUSB is a commuter campus. “People here are here for specific purposes, and the nature of our campus and how its laid out also allows us to maintain vigilance on campus,” Gersey adds.

And most students say they feel safe on campus.

“I’m really not too worried about it because the campus itself is really a close knit community a lot of people know somebody, or somebody who knows somebody,” second year student Ryan Hagan says.

But others do worry, and say today’s tragedy at Virginia Tech should be a wake up call for campuses across the country, for any cost.

“We need to be proactive and understand what’s going on in all buildings or have a security person in all buildings at all times. I think my life is worth more than a tuition increase,” says IUSB Semi Oladun-Joy.

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