School violence erupted at the end of the last school year and exploded in the beginning of this new school year. It is vital for students to be aware of safety measures that can protect them. It is time for another critical parent-student college safety talk.
Gunfire in school
A heavily armed suspect opened fire with an assault rifle on August 20 at an elementary school in Decatur, Georgia. It was merely a week into the new school year when the gunman gained entrance despite the school's buzzer system. He never got past the front office. He fired about six shots at officers who returned fire. School office worker Antoinette Tuff said she was able to convince accused shooter Michael Brandon Hill to surrender. Fortunately, there were no injuries but over 800 frightened young students raced out of the building during the evacuation by teachers and police.
Hofstra junior Andrea Rebello was killed during a home invasion at her off campus home. The residence was located about a block from Hofstra University’s campus in Uniondale, New York. She died last May, two days before commencement ceremonies.
Ten basic safety procedures for on and off campus living were listed in the prior article Time to review safety as college student slain, Hofstra mourns for parents and students to review.
Colleges also have their own safety procedures. They provide information and topics for students and parents to discuss. For example, Hofstra's safety website includes:
1. Residence hall safety tips
2. Vehicle safety tips
3. Personal safety tips
4. Sexual assault awareness
5. Relationship violence
6. Navigating the bar scene
7. Internet safety
8. Campus alert system
9. Information about the Hofstra Department of Public Safety
10. Campus safety reports
Be informed, stay safe.and have a great school year!
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