Fletcher addresses college safety

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

The deadliest shooting rampage ever on a college campus has universities across the country evaluating their current safety procedures.

Governor Ernie Fletcher was in Bowling Green, Ky., and told WBKO what Kentucky colleges are doing to make sure a tragedy like this one doesn't happen here.

Camie Allegier is getting ready to send her daughter off to college. During a time that's supposed to be exciting she's finding herself more concerned with her daughter's safety.

"I feel that this is the safest place for my daughter, but you would thank the same about Virginia Tech - so who really knows," Allegier said.

Kentucky legislature created a college campus safety task force several months ago. The purpose of this task force is to help Kentucky colleges assess campus security to prevent tragedies like this one.

"It's an area where molestation can take place. A lot of other things can take place, and that's what prompted us to create this task force," Fletcher said.

Fletcher said every college campus is different and will have to assess individually what safety measures to look into.

"Are we going to have to use magnetrons more on college campuses? When you go into college sporting events there's security. We'll have to look and see what measures will need to be taken."

"They do have an on site police that is part of Bowling Green City Police. They can walk in from classes at night that makes me feel better," Allegier said.

Fletcher said this is the first time students learn to be independent and everyone has a right to be scared.

"It sickens me makes my stomach hurt and of course it worries me," Allegier said.

Fletcher said the best thing any university can do is to prevent vulnerabilities that can lead to a tragedy.

"My hope is that we can learn something from it and prevent it from happening again," Fletcher said.

Parents like Allegier are taking this tragedy and trying to move forward.

Fletcher was in the area today delivering checks to organizations in Warren and Barren counties. Fletcher announced nearly $3.5 million in state funds for projects to spur the continued growth and prosperity of Bowling Green and Warren County.

To view the press release on the Warren County funding click here.

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