University Police Nationwide Learn From VT Tragedy

July 29, 2007

In Florida, a mass casualty drill, complete with emergency teams, wounded, SWAT and helicopters, was held on the University of Miami, Florida Saturday.

The drill was to help prevent what happened at Virginia Tech on April 16th, when a student killed 32 people.

For most of the day, the university, on an unprecedented scale, involved various municipal agencies from Miami-Dade, Florida to respond to the drill.

Observing the drill was Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum, and other university police departments from around the country.

Safety experts say that while schools nationwide re-evaluate campus safety, many are overlooking a simple solution that could save lives, putting locks on the inside of classroom doors.

Most classrooms lock by key from the outside. Safety experts say those put teachers and students at risk during an emergency because someone has to go into the hallway to activate the lock.

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