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MSU Police And Students Talk Campus Safety

Wichita Falls, TX - It's been two days since a Mississippi professor was shot and killed on the job.

Dr. Ethan Schmitt was shot in his office at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. 

While the shooting death of this professor happened more than nine hours away, safety concerns can be felt on Midwestern State University's campus. 

"It gets me really scared, like coming to school thinking that my life could be taken in a second," said Grace Erilibe, a first-year transfer student from Nigeria. 

Grace said this incident along with others shootings on college campuses has  her concerned about her safety while pursuing a higher education.  

"Nobody wants to have the feeling of coming to class and  staring around not being able to pay attention. School is supposed to be  a safe place and learn and not have some kind of distraction or fear," said Grace. 

Freshman Ashley Darby said safety has not been a concern for her. 

"I've been here at night, during the day, in the morning. I never walked  through campus and worried about what's going to happen or what i'm  walking in to," said Ashley. 

MSU Police Chief Dan Williams said he is not sure if you can ever fully  prepare faculty and students for these types of incidents, but each semester  offers active-shooting training sessions to teach students techniques to avoid harms way and receives very little attendance.  

When asked if it should be mandatory for students to receive some sort of training, Williams said, "I hate to see we get to a point that we're mandating things on students. Again, I think everyone has to take that  responsibility. And we offer it and hopefully get them to come, but  ultimately its their choice."

Ashleyn told Newschannel 6 she would find that training useful and could prove beneficial if an active shooter was on campus. She also thinks training should be mandatory.

"Just in case something like that would  happen. Nobody would be there to say, 'Well I never knew how to act in that situation and I didn't know what to do because it was mandatory to  do that," said Grace. 

Active shooting training signups have dwindled this semester, but Chief Williams said after Monday's incident at DSU, a couple of professors have reached out to have him come and teach during their classes. 

In addition to those training sessions, in the next couple of weeks he will try to offer sessions in the afternoons for students and hopes students take advantage of those opportunities. 

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6 


 

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