zyzyly (zyzyly) wrote,

November 15--Return to the Cloud Heart Factory

After I made my entry last night, I kept thinking about these shootings, and ended up sending an email out to the entire college with what was essentially the first two paragraphs of my post, hoping to stimulate some discussion on it. I'm not sure why--I just needed to do it.

It was the first time I sent out a mass email to the campus. I generally don't like to receive them, and just yesterday completed some poll about communication where I complained about getting way too many emails.

The email got an unexpected response. There were a lot of faculty members who said that they don't feel safe in their classrooms. Someone noted that, in this last shooting, a bunch of children's lives had been saved because the local school had trained on an active shooter and went into lockdown mode almost immediately.

I replied that we had had a shooting on our campus two years ago, and at the time, there was a lot of talk about having active shooter training and ensuring that we could lock our classrooms from the inside, but nothing ever came of it. We have never had the training on campus, and we can't lock our classrooms from the inside. Interestingly, part of my yearly compliance training for the hospital where I take my students, is active shooter training.

Eventually administration started responding to the email thread, and now there seems to be significant support for doing the things we were going to do two years ago. They articulated plans for active shooter training for everyone, and enhancing security measures to ensure that we can protect our students and ourselves.

I don't think we are going to stop gun violence. So we need to figure out what to do when it arrives on our doorstep. I don't like that, and I think we should be able to more, but until we do, we have to do this.

cloud heart factory
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