ECU Tests For Shooter On Campus Scenario

East Carolina University held a shooting drill Tuesday to help university staff and law enforcement officers learn how to better respond to a real-life campus shooting.

The university says campus police, along with the Greenville Police department, Pitt County sheriff's department, and North Carolina Highway Patrol, were just some of the agencies participating in the drill.

Actors from a consulting agency portrayed the shooter, victims and hostages.

ECU says the drill will help everyone realize how prepared they are for the situation, and what they need to improve upon.

The campus also tested its communication abilities during the drill.

It sent text messages and e-mails to students on campus, as well as posting alerts on its web page and using its outdoor speaker system.


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  • by OpenCarry on May 20, 2010 at 08:50 PM
    "pirategirl", there are over 158,000 concealed carry permit holders currently in NC, 2406 of them are in Pitt Co. and 811 in Beaufort Co. Thousands of people legally carry concealed handguns in this area EVERY DAY, and there aren't shootouts in the streets. And I think it's a pretty safe bet to say that the few "shootouts" that do occur in Greenville are NOT people with permits--they are thugs with illegally-acquired guns. IF the Sheriff and the State Bureau of Investigation can trust a citizen to carry in their car, or while they shop at Walmart, or get lunch at Taco Bell, why can't the school trust us? Is there some sort of mystical mental transformation that turns all people into violent untrustworthy thugs the minute the step foot on campus? Your logic makes no sense. I think perhaps you just don't trust yourself, and you're projecting that onto others. What you're REALLY saying is that you don't trust the Sheriff and the SBI to screen these people...
  • by pirategirl2010 Location: Greenville on May 20, 2010 at 11:25 AM
    Before you critique what the police did, step back and ask yourself what you would do to prepare for such an instance. It's fine to point fingers and say it did nothing, but allowing people to carry guns on campus won't solve it either... people are too short tempered, there would be a shootout everyday. From being there personally and working the event, it was worthwhile. It showed that timing was everything in order to have all the systems and checks to work flawlessly. Overall the goal was to access and improve emergency response and security, public information relay, communication and warning systems, incident command and management as well as how to deal with a mass-casualty response, and I personally think they did a great job. Thanks to all those involved, as a student I feel safer.
  • by OpenCarry on May 19, 2010 at 11:00 PM
    "ECU", In Israel, school teachers are encouraged to carry handguns so they can protect their students against attacks like this. In the US, our only option on school property is a cell phone and a prayer, and in most schools, they even discourage prayer... I would MUCH prefer having the ability to defend myself, but under our current laws, my only option is crawling under my desk and hoping the bad guy runs out of ammo before he gets to me... If my Sheriff and the SBI can trust me to walk and drive around NC (and 34 other states!) with a concealed handgun, why can't the schools?... A people who depend on their "authorities" for safety are a nation of slaves... Call your State Representatives, and tell them we need to repeal NCGC §14-269.2(b), or at least insert an exemption for CHP holders. It works for Utah...
  • by ECU Location: greenville on May 19, 2010 at 05:51 PM
    After researching the many horrific college campus crimes, I do feel that this exercise is necessary. All colleges are trying to find ways to make their campus safer and doing a drill such as this will help. As many of you remember there use to be tornado and fire drills when we were in primary and secondary school. This drills were just to prepare us just in case their was an actual event. Try being in a classroom that goes on lock down because there is a shooter in the building, if there is some preparation for this event then maybe more lives could be saved. I even believe public schools have lockdown drills to show children what to do in the event of a lockdown. I am grateful that the campus took the initiative to do this so that we can be better prepared on campus.
  • by staff Location: ecu on May 19, 2010 at 05:43 PM
    "opencarry", you said a mouth full and i love it! but oh no, we can't have just common folk running around play cops, no no no! that would mean the people have too much control and someone with an over paid, high ranking position within the local community would be out of a job. we just can't stand for all this self defense talk now. opencarry, there is alot of people that feel just like you and i both but it will take another "homeland war" to ever get this point across!!!
  • by OpenCarry on May 19, 2010 at 02:15 PM
    As someone who worked for the DOJ for over 10 years as a researcher, trainer, and contractor, I can honestly say that this "exercise" was a tremendous waste of taxpayers money, and was nothing more than a media event photo-op, and an attempt to garner public support for more funding and the further militarization of our civilian police forces. If NC would allow law-abiding, properly licensed adults to carry their legal self-defense firearms on college campuses like they can ANYWHERE else in the state, the "response time" to such events could be seconds, not tens of minutes. Every single "mass shooting" in the US in the last 25 years has happened in a "gun free zone". "Gun Free Zones" are nothing more than "victim disarmament zones"--criminals, thugs, and madmen do not pay attention to state law or pretty signs. Let the law-abiding people of NC defend themselves--Self defense is a FUNDAMENTAL human right. Remember folks, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away..
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on May 19, 2010 at 09:07 AM
    I get your point Greg but you have to publicize it so people don't think it's the real thing and cause needless anxiety and panic! Hopefully it doesn't give someone the wrong ideas.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on May 19, 2010 at 07:45 AM
    Purple Pirate: You are absolutely correct about State.
  • by PurplePirate on May 19, 2010 at 07:23 AM
    Unimpressed, you have not been to a whole lot of other campuses have you, ECU's is pretty close together. Dont believe me, go take a look an hour down the road at states.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on May 19, 2010 at 06:27 AM
    I participated in yesterday's drill as one of the "victims" and it was definitely an eye opening experience. I hope that more people participate if the university continues to hold these drills. You never know if something like this could happen, and we all need to be prepared, to the best of our ability. To Unimpressed: what college in this state or even this country for that matter, has all the buildings close together?
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