By: Holly Brantley
Now, with images of the Virginia Tech massacre fresh on their mind, life goes on for those on the campus of SEMO. "If somebody can do it there, somebody can do it here too," said Katelyn Hoerchler, SEMO student.
University leaders say they are prepared. "I think we're prepared to handle any emergency," said Assoc. to the President, Art Wallhausen. Wallhausen says the University ranks among the nation's safety. And, the public safety department is trained to handle any incident.
Putting a campus on lock down or calling off classes is not an easy decision. But concerns of parents and students have SEMO taking a closer look at it's procedures. "We are always reevaluating," said Wallhausen.
Students say their thoughts are with those in Virginia dealing with the unthinkable. And, they have advice for administrators should their school ever be a target. "I don't think it should have taken almost two hours to let students know there was a shooting," said Rob Spurlock. "I think they should let everybody know right away," said Hoerchler. "If they know what's going on they might be able to protect themselves."