17 students and faculty were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the 18th school shooting of the year on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida.
This shooting raises the question across school campuses throughout the nation, ranging from elementary to college, of what procedures are in place for events like this.
Salt Lake Community College students commute to multiple campuses across the Salt Lake Valley. With people coming and going throughout the day, the emergency alert system is a very important part of the safety precautions taken at SLCC.
Emergency alerts are sent to emails and phones when something happens on one of the campuses. These texts can range from system checks to lockdowns as well as other important events. The notifications can be turned on or off through the MySLCC account home page.
SLCC has also released an active shooter training video that is accessible to the public. The five-minute video demonstrates three ways to deal with an active shooter on campus: run, hide or fight. It also explains that groups in an active shooting situation should try to spread out as far away from each other as possible.
Although this video is available to the public, it seems most students do not know about it or any other campus safety procedures put in place without searching for it specifically on the SLCC website.
SLCC student Calle Ellingson is concerned about how campus safety information is being relayed to other students.
“On the first day of my EMT class, we watched the active shooter training video. I think it helped to let everyone in the class know what we should do if the situation ever happens,” she says. “I think all classes should go through the video on the first day and talk about it like they do with the syllabus. A lot of kids here don’t even know about the campus alert system, and I think that needs to be fixed.”
Contact the SLCC Public Safety Department for more information on campus safety procedures.