Expert says colleges need SWAT teams

Expert says colleges need SWAT teams

October 22, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


IT’S A SITUATION WHERE SECONDS MATTER. TEE TERRY/DELTA STATE STUDENT: “WE WERE LOCKED IN A ROOM THAT WAS LOCKED ON THE OUTSIDE AND THE INSIDE SO NOBODY COULD LEAVE OUT OR NOBODY COULD COME IN UNLESS THEY HAD A KEY” AUTHORITIES RUSHED INTO ACTION MONDAY– LOCKING DOWN THE DELTA STATE CAMPUS — AFTER AN ACTIVE SHOOTER ALERT WENT OUT. HEAVILY ARMED SWAT MEMBERS WENT FROM CLASSROOM TO CLASSROOM. JEFFREY/DELTA STATE STUDENT: “SOMEONE TRIED TO GET IN AT SOME POINT DIDN’T KNOW WHAT HE WAS SO WE SIT DOWN AT THE BACK OF THE ROOM AND WAITED FOR POLICE TO COME” THIS WAS THE SECOND COLLEGE CAMPUS ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION IN MISSISSIPPI IN LESS THAN A MONTH. “YOU THINK IN TERMS OF ELIMINATING THE THREAT” CANTON’S FORMER ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF JUAN CLOY SERVED ON A SWAT TEAM. HE SAYS WITH THE COUNTRY SEEING MORE DANGEROUS SITUATIONS LIKE THIS– COLLEGE CAMPUSES SHOULD CONSIDER TAKING THEIR SECURITY — ONE STEP FURTHER. “A LOT OF THESE SCHOOLS NOW ARE PROBABLY GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT HAVING TACTICAL UNITS WITH MAYBE SOME MORE FIREPOWER” “IF THE SWAT TEAM IS NOT IN THE AREA IT CAN TAKE ANYWHERE FROM 30 TO 45 MINUTES BUT WHEN YOU HAVE A TEAM ALREADY ON CAMPUS OR AT LEAST EXPERIENCED OFFICERS WHO HAVE TRAINING THEN THAT JUST CAN SAVE COUNTLESS LIVES” CLOY SAYS IT COULD BE A WHILE BEFORE WE SEE ANY SORT OF CHANGE — BUT HE SAYS IT’S A MOVE — THAT COULD BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. IN JACKSON, HADAS BROWN, 16 WAPT NEWS.