COMING OCT. 12: A Difficult Spot for Community Colleges
Many Rural Community Colleges are Looking at How to Respond to Horrific Shooting Events
When a gunman walked into a classroom at Umpqua Community College and opened fire, killing nine people in cold blood, he shattered more than lives and more than the tranquility of the campus in Roseburg, Oregon. Rural community colleges like UCC are more than educational institutions of higher learning in their communities; they are surely that, but they are also their social and cultural centers. Everyone in Roseburg has a connection to the college. They might have gone there. They know somebody who did. Maybe they went to a basketball game or attended a concert there. No one in Roseburg escaped the impact of the mass killing. Rural community colleges across the country are sharing in the pain. Nothing like this has happened before in such a setting. Many rural community colleges are now looking at how they can best respond to such a horrific event, and how they can to prevent them from happening in the first place. But the cold reality is that small, rural colleges have limited resources and must balance a threat assessment against the resources at hand. It’s a difficult spot for community colleges.