Charleston colleges detail campus safety protocols

Charleston colleges detail campus safety protocol

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Citadel officials say Tuesday night's deadly shooting at Coastal Carolina University is possible anywhere, even at their tight-knit campus of just a few thousand.

"It's something that you just hope doesn't happen, but that doesn't mean you can't be prepared," says Dr. Jeff Perez, the university's vice president of external affairs.

The college's Bulldog alert system is what they have in place. Students will receive an alert via text, email, or phone if a shooter comes on campus, but it doesn't end there.

"Students can also sign up their families to get those alerts," explains Perez. "We also have a campus siren system that we test monthly along with the bulldog alert system."

Trident Technical College has a similar text message alert system in place. Some students say it's reassuring to know that possible life-saving information is at their fingertips.

In December, the college sent an alert for a bomb scare. Second-year student Stephanie Thompson says it was quick and helpful.

"I have friends that were on campus at that time and if I hadn't of known and I found out something had happened, I probably would have felt worse."

Some students say while it's unfortunate that schools have become targets, it's a reality they've accepted.

"To be cautious a little bit about your surroundings, what's going to occur. You should be ready for anything," says Harinath Mookaparambil, a Trident Technical College student.

"I wish that it didn't, but in today's world you kind of have to think about it with everything that's gone on with the security threats not only locally, but internationally as well," says Thompson.