The news week got off to a tragic start Monday morning with reports of a shooting at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina. The incident left one person dead. The victim was gunned down in the school's library and at the height of the crisis, the campus was on lockdown as authorities searched for the assailant, described by Reuters as "a white, bald man, about 5-foot-11, with a goatee and tattoo over his left eye… wearing a blue jacket and light-colored pants."
While the shooter's motive remains unclear at this time, this act of violence on the grounds of an institute of higher education is unfortunately part of a growing trend. There were 27 shootings that occurred on or near college campuses in 2013, according to a survey of news reports conducted by the Huffington Post. 18 people died with dozens more wounded in these incidents.
Families ask schools to keep their college-age children safe but the unfortunate reality is that colleges and universities can be faced with a violent situation at almost any time. Administrators who take additional steps to improve security and emergency response are better positioned to get in front of these attacks. HUB International's Risk Services team is continually Revisiting Security and Emergency Response in Schools, bringing educational institutions the latest security and emergency response best practices.
And our on-demand webinar, School Security and Emergency Planning: Trends and Best Practices for a Safer School Year covers critical security topics for North American schools from K-12 to the university level.
As we've witnessed with the still-unfolding events at Wayne Community College, the loss of one student's life is too many. A comprehensive approach to school security places an emphasis on prevention, but a strong emergency response plan is oftentimes the only option. HUB's Risk Services Team can help. Contact us today.