Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Campus Lock Downs

University officials across the nation are taking no chances with threats after yesterday's tragedy at Virginia Tech.

Campuses in Texas, Tennessee and Oklahoma were evacuated or locked down today.

Security expert and former NYPD officer Gary Moskowitz says the cops at Virginia Tech failed to follow proper procedure after the first shootings yesterday.

"Of course they should have locked down the campus," he says. "This is common sense."

Moskowitz, a frequent contributor to News Talk Online, speculates the police may have been unduly influenced by college officials to keep the campus open, even with a gunman at large.

He says there is a "strong likelihood" that the additional 30 fatalities could have been averted had there been a lock down and search which he says it was "the correct tactical thing to do."

He compares this to the action taken by the federal government after the 9/11 attacks, when a full ground stop of private aviation was ordered. That, he says, was the "correct thing to do."

Moskowitz says every school in the nation should review, or prepare, a safety plan to prepare for potential criminal acts on campus. Many schools prepared such plans, he says, after the Columbine High School shootings.

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