Campus and School Violence Continues: Crisis Management Readiness Needs Improvement Nationwide
Seven Murdered at Oikos University: An Oakland, California Christian CampusOn Monday of Holy Week, April 2, 2012, seven people were shot to death and three wounded at Oikos University, a Christian college in Oakland, California. The tragedy emerges as one of the deadliest attacks on a campus in California history.
Three Students Murdered at Chardon High School in OhioOn Monday, February 27, 2012 three students were killed and several wounded at Chardon High School in Ohio. Published reports stated the student killer tweeted he would bring a gun to school and no one took it seriously.
Nebraska Vice Principal Murdered at SchoolOn January 5, 2011 a 17-year-old student killed the assistant principal, wounded the principal and committed suicide at Millard South High School in Omaha, Nebraska. In a facebook rambling filled with expletives he warned people would hear about the "evil" he did.
Ohio State University Murder by Terminated JanitorOn March 9, 2010, Nathaniel Brown, an Ohio State University janitor fatally shot a supervisor and injured another after being told he was fired. Published reports indicated a failed background check lacking the diligence to notice the killer's lie about his past criminal record on the university's job application.
Three Faculty Members Shot Dead at University of Alabama-HuntsvilleOn Friday, February 12, 2010 three faculty members were shot dead and three hurt when shots were fired at a University of Alabama-Huntsville faculty meeting.
Suspect Amy Bishop was taken into custody by police shortly after the shootings and has been charged with capital murder and attempted murder.
Since the shootings, violent incidents have surfaced surrounding the suspect that deserves comprehensive investigations including an attempted mail bombing in 1993. Although Bishop and her husband were questioned, they were not charged. Dr. Paul Rosenberg received the bomb after Bishop quit her job at Children's Hospital in Boston following her poor review by Rosenberg.
Bishop also killed her brother in 1986 by gunshot, but authorities ruled it accidental.
Published reports indicated the shootings at the University of Alabama-Huntsville took place after tenure was denied to Bishop and that administration received complaints by students on her behavior on numerous occasions.
As details emerge, the issue of failing to respond to warning signs and red flags as well as comprehensive background checks of employees in positions of trust will be in need of assessment.
Manhattanville College Student Murdered on CampusOn Monday, February 22, 2010 Marissa Pagli, an 18 year-old Manhattanville student was found strangled to death in faculty housing on the campus in Purchase, New York. The police ruled the incident a homicide.
Two days later, her mother, Stacey Pagli, 37, was arrested and charged with the murder of her daughter according to Harrison police Captain Anthony Marraccini.
A published television report stated that students were notified via text message of the incident but it never mentioned a murder or a crime.
Two students shot at Colorado Middle SchoolOn February 23, 2010 a seventh and eighth grader were shot at Deer Creek Middle School in Colorado as they were leaving school for the day. The school is just a few miles from Columbine High School which experienced one of the most tragic school violence tragedies in American history.
A gunman wielding a high powered rifle was tackled and subdued by school staff until deputies arrived.
David Benke, a math teacher at the school who first tackled the shooter, cited having previous drills with students at the school.
Virginia Tech Keeps Federal Education Report on Officials Actions SecretOn February 23,2010 a published report documented the continuous crisis management failures surrounding the Virginia Tech tragedy.
As incidents of school and campus violence tragically continue, the principles of crisis management
- Mitigation and Prevention
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