Troy University Evaluates Security in Wake of Shooting

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

Monday’s Virginia Tech shootings have much of the nation on guard, especially universities in our area.

Some Troy University leaders say they have been following the Virginia story closely and are trying to enhance their plan of action if something like this were to happen.

Troy University leaders are saying what if it were us?

In the wake of Virginia Tech's shootings, Troy leaders are examining their security and plan of action if something like this hit home.

Troy University has been stepping up its security measures for months now.

Recently, News 4 reported on the university installing more lights on campus, stricter access to dorms and increased patrols.

Now, the school is taking security one step further after Monday’s Virginia Tech shootings.

Leaders will be meeting with local law enforcement agencies to develop an emergency response plan if something like this tragedy struck Troy's campus.

"We're looking at our security measures right now. So we will know a little bit better how to respond in the event. Hopefully that will never happen, but in the event we have to, we will be prepared for it," says Troy University’s Chancellor, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.

Even with enhanced security changes, could something like this hit Troy?

Some students say even though it's not probable, it is possible.

"That could happen anywhere around the country. It just all depends. That’s a sad case, but it could happen anywhere really," says Troy Student Sadaris Williams.

"Obviously, it's technically a possibility. But Troy is a small campus, a tight-knit campus so you don't want to think of it being possible, but I guess it could be," says Troy Student Kathryn Poindexter.

University leaders say there is already strong protection on campus so they aren't planning to make any major changes in its security system.

However, university leaders have requested more area patrols by the city police department.

An official university email will be sent to students, faculty and staff telling them to not only remember the victims and the victims’ families of the Virginia Tech shooting, but also keep a close eye on their fellow students.

University officials will meet with local law enforcement agencies this week to discuss a plan of action if a shooting happened on campus. There will be a follow-up meeting shortly after with school personnel to develop a plan.


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