Students Demand GWU Adopt Precautions Against Campus Shootings

We Are Genuinely Afraid To Lose Our Lives To Acts of Gun Violence - Editorial
WASHINGTON - Nov. 22, 2022 - PRLog -- Students Demand GWU Adopt Precautions Against Campus Shootings
We Are Genuinely Afraid To Lose Our Lives To Acts of Gun Violence - Editorial

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 22, 2022) -  in an editorial entitled "After the Tragic Shooting at UVA, Where Do We Go From Here?, students leaders told George Washington University [GWU] administrators that "We are genuinely afraid to lose our lives and the people we love to similar acts of gun violence on GW's campus."

After reminding GWU administrators that "since [Sandy Hook], there have been 948 school shootings in the United States," and that "for as long as the members of this editorial board have been alive, school shootings have cast a shadow over our education," they plead that "GW  . . . may not be able to stop shootings before they start, but there are steps it can and should take to limit the harm they can create."

Fortunately, there is a new study published in University World News which - based upon lessons learned in earlier shootings, including in Uvalde Texas - outlines for universities almost a dozen simple, very inexpensive, and proven steps they can and should take to deal with the now-all-too-foreseeable threat of an active shooter on campus.

The irony is that, although the study ( was prepared by a member of GWU's own tenured faculty who had served as both a security officer and as a security consultant, GWU administrators have to date refused to adopt all but one of his security recommendations, and even this one was implemented only after many years of delay and enormous pressure from students.

More specifically, the SANDY HOOK ADVISORY COMMISSION recommended early in 2015 - as had other expert bodies - that all classrooms "should be equipped with locked doors that can be locked from the inside" so that teachers would not have to risk stepping out into the hall during an active shooter emergency to lock the door.

Yet it took until late in 2021 for GWU to equip most - but still not yet all - of its classrooms with locking mechanisms, even thought a simple locking latch cost only $15 and could be installed in only 10 minutes.

At this point administrators have refused to even discuss taking additional precautions against a campus shooter - including the recommendations in the report - says Banzhaf, noting that, in the past, GWU had initially resisted taking other steps to help improve safety on the campus, and then reluctantly relented only after similar unreasonable delays.  He cites the following as a few examples:   @profbanzhaf

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