A student was arrested Friday morning on campus. Someone had tipped off the school about an "indirect threat" made on his myspace page. In his car were 2 BB guns, a 4 inch knife and a taser gun.
How was I alerted to this? By the school, dutifully alerting students to the potential danger? Sending warnings via e-mail, advising us all to stay away from campus, to keep indoors, to stay safe?
No. I was alerted to this today. When my father called me to ask if I knew the kid who had been arrested. My response was "Huh? The Northwestern guy? Didn't he die?"
There was a gun wielding potential shooter on campus and they decided not to alert students because, and I quote, "the university community was not alerted to the incident "because there was no direct threat to the campus.""
I feel betrayed by my school. I was on campus Friday morning. I was there. So were countless other students. When does it become a direct threat? Is it when the shooter is in the building and the bullets are already flying? Is it when innocent people are injured or dead?
I feel betrayed. But worse than that... I don't feel safe.