CMC president responds to concerns after Virginia shooting |

CMC president responds to concerns after Virginia shooting

Pete FowlerPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Some parents of students at the Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs called the school in response to the Virginia Tech shooting.They just wanted to make sure the kids were fine and ask about emergency plans, CMC President Bob Spuhler said. He wrote a letter to the seven CMC campuses addressing the issue.The Alpine Campus is one of CMC’s three residential campuses where safety is an even greater concern. There are also four campuses without residential facilities. The Spring Valley Campus is one that has residential facilities.In his letter, he assures people that all seven campuses and CMC’s district office have an emergency preparedness plan and reflects on the tragedy in Virginia.”It was on people’s minds,” he said via telephone. “I wanted to reassure people. Coming out of this tragedy hopefully one of the things we can learn is the importance of paying attention to what’s going on. You don’t want to get to a paranoid state. By the same token we do live in a world unfortunately that’s not as safe as it used to be – or at least the perception of how safe it has been has changed in the last decade or so.”He wrote that each campus has an emergency preparedness plan that includes protocol to follow in various situations. He opted not to reveal too much detail about specific plans.”A key component of each plan is to notify whoever is affected, and pull together those who can help to resolve whatever the situation might be, whether these are people within the college or the greater community,” the letter states. Another aspect of emergency preparedness planning is trying to identify people who are behaving erratically or might need help or counseling, Spuhler said.”This week, we may find that our students and our peers need our support, and we should not hesitate to refer anyone to counseling services and other resources that are available.”He said the campuses don’t have their own police force or use measures such as metal detectors, but that they have close relationships with law enforcement.Visit and click information then eNews to view the letter.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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