Purdue Shooting: Confused Teachers Continued Classes with Shooter on the Loose
Not knowing what to do, teachers at Purdue University continued to teach through the shooting.
January 22, 2014 14:05 IST
Students hold candle vigil in memory to Purdue shooting victim./Purdue University
In a shocking revelation, it has come to light that even as the gunman was on the loose, the teachers at the Purdue University 'not knowing what to do' decided to continue teaching in the 'unlocked' classrooms. The news has shocked the parents.
This was was revealed in a message posted on the Purdue University Facebook page by a parent of one the students, whose identity is being kept anonymous for security and privacy purposes. "My daughter was in an UNLOCKED classroom where the prof said he didnt know what he was supposed to do so he just kept teaching. I am furious," the post stated.
Screenshot of the Purdue fan page.
Replying to the post, a Purdue alumni commented: "I know what you are talking about my professor did not know what to do and kept teaching for a while longer and then decided to get everyone on the floor. Also there is no way for professors to lock the doors to the classrooms. I think a key should be kept in each classroom or given to the professor teaching in the room to be able to lock the doors."
The revelation is shocking but is also an eye-opener as it shows there is a serious need to introduce some training module and drill for teachers to handle a situation like gun violence. Reflecting a similar thought, another Facebook user posted: "Is your daughter OK? I have even gone through training in the event that this occurs. It was not much but at least something. What has our world come to?"
As students, faculty and parents are still coming to terms with the shooting incident that claimed the life of a 21-year-old teacher's assistant at Purdue University on Tuesday, the police are trying to investigate the murder motive.
The incident has put the whole Purdue campus in a state of shock and grief. On Tuesday night, a candle vigil was organised in memory of Andrew Boldt, the shootout victim. The police have identified the alleged killer as Cody Cousins, 23.
The shooting took place in the afternoon at the electrical engineering building, and both men were engineering students. Following concerns raised by parents and students, the university later announced that classes have been suspended till Wednesday.