A week after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, UNC faculty have been asked to read a script outlining classroom emergency procedures.
Written by Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Safety and Risk Management Derek Kemp, the script asks the class instructor to read aloud safety procedures for weather, medical and fire emergencies. Another category listed is “a situation in which someone intends to do harm," which the script noted can be a difficult situation to have a clear-cut answer.
It does, however, list that students and faculty should run, hide and fight, with the latter option as a last resort when one’s life is in imminent danger.
Despite the lack of Parkland references by Kemp and in the script, faculty and students associate the event with the refresher on emergency procedures.
“In light of recent events in Parkland, Florida, I wasn’t surprised my English professor informed us of the emergency procedures at the beginning of class," said first-year Jenny Suwanmanee. "I didn’t expect it. But when it was brought up, I wasn’t surprised."