Campus police across the nation will re-evaluate security plans after yesterday’s Virginia Tech University massacre in which 33 people died, reports USA Today. Some authorities, including those in Delaware and North Carolina, ordered increased campus patrols as a precaution to calm students and faculty. “The only thing we know is that people feel very insecure when something like this happens,” said Stephen Baxley of the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Some experts believe the magnitude of the tragedy will prompt new proposals for security. “The impact will likely be profound,” said S. Daniel Carter of Security on Campus, an advocate for increased public safety on university and college campuses. “There will be a close examination of how campuses approach security.” At the University of Colorado at Boulder, authorities held “floor meetings” in residence halls, in part to give guidance on campus security plans. “It’s a reminder of safety in the dorms, not letting people that you don’t know or don’t belong, into the buildings,” campus police Cmdr. Brad Wiesley said. “Ever since Columbine, which was all too close to home, our tactics to deal with a situation like this have changed dramatically,” he said, citing the 1999 high school massacre 40 miles from Boulder.