*Editors Note: The following narration did not occur; it was used to show the effects of what could happen in this situation.
Operator: 911 what is the location of your emergency?
John: 1201 Wesleyan Street, Fort Worth Texas. There is a gunman on campus!
Operator: Okay sir I am going to need you to stay calm. Where exactly are you?
John: The library!
Operator: Okay help is on the way; stay on the line with me until help is there.
On April 16, 2007, 32 people were shot and killed while 17 people were left wounded at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.
On December 14, 2012, 20 children and six adult staff members were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.
According to the CNN website, Sandy Hook Elementary had ordered a new security system where visitors’ were identified and then let in. The school even took precaution before the incident and would lock school doors each day at approximately at 9:30 a.m.
At Texas Wesleyan there is an intercom system located in the library where students can hear information if needed. This is just in the library not in any of the other buildings
Texas Wesleyan currently has Wesleyan Emergency Management System, which sends out text alerts in case of an emergency.
“People are automatically enrolled in the Wesleyan Emergency Management System,” said Texas Wesleyan Service Desk Analyst Abby R. Wilson.
Texas Wesleyan also offers trainings for faculty and staff that show what to do in different situations. These meetings are not mandatory.
On November 27, 2013, Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus went into lockdown when a suspect fled from police.
“The alarms went off and we were told we couldn’t go anywhere,” said Tarrant County student Patricia Cantella.
Not only did sirens go off but text alerts went out as well. “I had a lot of missed calls from TCC but I didn’t know why,” said senior Political Science major Jessica Soto.
Aside from TCC using text alerts and sirens they also sent out tweets on Twitter. At 10:07 AM TCC sent out a tweet “TCC’s Trinity River and Trinity River East campus are under lockdown until further notice due to a police search for a suspect in the area.”
Another tweet that was sent out was “The lockdown has been lifted at Tarrant County College’s Trinity River and Trinity River East campuses. School operations continue as usual.”
Texas Wesleyan currently just has WEMS for emergency alerts and if things happen Texas Wesleyan staff has emergency procedure pamphlets that tell them what to do.
At the beginning of each semester professors at the university go over the syllabi and classroom procedures but emergency procedures are not brought up and are also not on the syllabi.
While talking to students senior English major John Ortega said, “I’m not familiar with the procedures, I’m not sure anyone is.”
When it came to the thefts in the library security acted and informed the students about the precautions they needed to take.
After the incidents occurred signs went up throughout the library for students to keep an eye out for their belongings.
This semester we will have a series regarding emergency precautions taken here at Texas Wesleyan. Stay tuned for the next part of the series in regards to social media, and feel free to send us a message about how safe you feel on campus.