By Logan Stolpe, Extreme Alaska
Violent and senseless events thrust names like Columbine, Newtown, Virginia Tech and Aurora into national dialogue. With events like these that are unpredictable, what does this mean to a campus like UAF.
“To fail to prepare for that kind of an event would be a travesty,” said Sean McGee, the UAF Police Chief. McGee runs active shooter and violent intruder defense-training programs for the university and the borough.
Lieutenant Kyle Carrington of the UAF police department works with McGee to educate the public. “On average you have one casualty every seven seconds until the shooter has been apprehended,” said Carrington “so time is absolutely of the essence.”
The prevalence of mass shootings recently has left many stunned and changed the way people respond to behavior. “Everyone is taking things a lot more seriously,” said Sam Beaudreault, an officer who has been with the UAF police for more than 17 years. He said that odd behavior that may have gone unnoticed before, must be looked in to.