UNLV students raise concerns after shooting threat response
LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV students have confronted administrators amid safety concerns after a delay in alerting students about a shooting threat discovered in a bathroom stall.
Students told administrators Tuesday they were at risk from the time authorities discovered the threat Oct. 10 to when a precautionary announcement was sent Oct. 14, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports .
Speakers at the Tuesday meeting addressed Interim Provost Chris Heavey, Vice President Juanita Fain and head of police services Adam Garcia. The threat indicated there would be a school shooting Oct. 16, campus authorities said. Police did not find the threat credible.
University police hoped to investigate and make an arrest before alerting the campus, Garcia said. The Oct. 14 announcement was made “out of an abundance of caution.”
The warning gave students approximately 36 hours to make alternative arrangements with their professors and decide whether to come to class, student and resident adviser Karissa Luna said.
The university put an undue burden on African American students, who were the specific targets of the threat, along with supporters of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, student Candace Mays said.
“We had to choose between safety and academic performance because you feel like our safety and the perception of our safety is optional,” Mays said.
Existing security measures also created an ongoing safety issue after discovering security guards failed to check IDs at residence halls, some students said.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com