A couple days later I’m freaked out when my kindergartner excitedly tells me: "We're having an “Active Shooter" drill tomorrow!" She proceeds to relate, in chilling detail, how they are to proceed during such an event. “We are to go to the back of the room, be quiet, and lie down. Our teacher will lock the door.”
I'm rattled enough from that and then today (October 6, 2015), the media alerts us to the fact that “A social media post over the weekend threatens violence against a ... Philadelphia-area college/university Monday afternoon" (Published by NBC Monday, Oct. 5, 2015). All institutions of higher learning are placed on alert. I am employed full-time by a Philadelphia university and I also work part-time at Community College of Philadelphia, which is in center city near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
|"Shelter in place in Progress" (Ref.)|
I received another message stating that classes for the evening were cancelled. On one hand, I didn’t have to teach that night. On the other hand, I began to think about when I was a kid, when the only time school was cancelled was when you had a “Snow Day.” Now we’ve got “Shooter Day.” When I drove home after work, I heard on the news that the reason why the college was still on lock down was because police still hadn’t found the gun. Marvelous.
“College’s Main Campus is closed effective immediately. The West, Northwest and Northeast Regional Centers are open. Exit campus in a calm, orderly fashion. Normal class schedules and business operations resume Wednesday. Get updates at www.ccp.edu or @CCPedu.”
|Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, killed himself after fatally shooting nine people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. (The Guardian)|
This alert published by NBCPhiladelphia.com: may just be the wave of the future, in which "Snow Days" are replaced by "Shooter Days" in our schools:
“No specific college or university was identified in the posting. We encourage students, faculty, and employees at area colleges and universities to follow the guidance of their campus security officials. The FBI will continue to work with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to investigate threats of violence, and, as always, we ask the public to report suspicious activity to law enforcement.”