McDonnell Addresses Campus Security Conference
Yesterday Governor Bob McDonnell addressed the 4th Annual Campus Preparedness Conference at VCU. Craig Carper reports.
The first conference of this kind was held in August of 2007, just months after the Virginia Tech massacre.
450 people gathered at Virginia Commonwealth University on Tuesday to hear what panel participants had to share about achievements and future goals for campus safety.
Governor Bob McDonnell says these discussions have been a valuable tool for keeping Virginia students safer and the Commonwealth has come a long way since 2007.
McDonnell: With Governor Kaine’s leadership, we had an immediate task force put in place in '07 to look at everything from how do we text message kids faster to warning sirens to changing the procedures of campus authorities to how do we respond better to a mass casualty situation; and the goal of this conference, now in its fourth year, is to get people from around the state to get together best practices on campus, local law enforcement, to keep kids safer.
32 people were killed and many others wounded at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, by lone gunman and troubled student Seung-Hui Cho.
The conference aims to create a campus atmosphere of awareness and preparedness, so no similar event can occur in the future.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square