UJ, police handled first lockdown well
University of Jamestown faculty and staff and the Jamestown Police Department should be commended for handling the campus’ first lockdown quickly and professionally.
The lockdown occurred Thursday morning after a student allegedly threatened other students and then went missing.
The lockdown lasted less than an hour, thanks to the quick work of the Jamestown Police Department and other law enforcement.
When a Jamestown Sun reporter interviewed students on campus shortly after the lockdown, many students said it was their professors and the university’s email and text notifications that made them feel safe.
The university also explained what happened to interested students and staff Friday at a special meeting and made counseling available. University officials also plan to continue discussing the event, how it was handled, what went well and what can be improved upon. These steps are important too.
The way the university handled the situation showed great care for its students and staff.
Although Thursday’s events were scary and unexpected, we feel that police and the university handled the situation well.
(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)