Fatal Shooting At Ohio State University: Alert System Questioned

March 10th, 2010 - 12:08 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Ohio State University Hall Mar 9 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Early this morning, yet another shooting occurred at a university in the United States. This time it was at the Ohio State University Campus. The shooting took place on school grounds at a McCracken Power Plant in Tuttle Park Place near the Ohio Stadium, at around 3:30 am, according the University Police Chief Paul Denton. At this time there were no classes in session, and no students around, so thankfully, no students were injured.

There were, however,one dead and two wounded employees, who were taken to Ohio State University Medical Center. One of them is in critical condition. Another employee was killed in the shooting. Neither the names of the wounded employees, the victim, nor the suspect have been released as of yet. The suspect is said to have been taken into custody, according to the authorities.

Classes and regular school operations will go on as scheduled. The students who had signed up to be alerted when things of this nature occur, received the notification of the shooting via email. According to the school administrators, only 2500, of the 50,000 students have signed up to receive the emails. School officials are planning to have a meeting later this week to decide whether or not another form on notification is needed.

There have been three other alerts this month, two for alleged sexual assaults which occurred on campus and one for an alleged attempted sexual assault. The school’s newspaper, “The Lantern” has been shining the light on the issue of the alert systems flaws in an article it published recently. In the article, the writer questioned just how effective and useful the email alert system is in reaching students in emergency situations, and reporting campus crimes.

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