College should have alerted students to danger of armed man on campus [Letter to the Editor]

Dear Editor,

Recently an article apppeared in the Cape Cod Times, "Cape College Student Arrested with Handgun", and it was incredibly deceiving. Cape Cod Community College President Schatzberg is quoted as saying, "College officials sent an email to the entire campus announcing the arrest and followed up later by emailing out a story that had been posted on capecodonline.com." As a student at the college and a participating member of the campus community, when I read this I immediately double checked my email figuring that I had missed something in my inbox.

I then emailed the college's director of communications Michael Gross to please forward me another copy, only to receive this short reply,"We did not send email to students because this was not an 'alert' situation, simply an informative one after the fact."

Apparently the "entire campus" does not include the majority of people who are here at Cape Cod Community College, the student body. When I asked one of the security officers at lunch why an email wasn’t sent to the students, I was informed he wasn’t at liberty to make a statement. In the wake of the tragedy at Columbine, the massacre at Virginia Tech, and countless other copy-cat incidents, shouldn’t the suspicion of a man with a loaded gun on campus be an 'alert' situation?

I feel betrayed by the administration and angry because of the way the article in the Cape Cod Times made it seem as if the entire campus had been notified. The students are a vital part of this campus with the same right to information as the people who work here in regards to an event that becomes public knowledge. There should be absolutely no hesitation from the administration in communicating vital information with the people who work and study at the college.

When an incident merits coverage on national news, there should be no distinction made between staff and student as to who gets notified about the information that concerns the entire college community.

From a concerned student
(who prefers to remain anonymous)

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