Daniels weighs in on campus safety after OSU attack

Safety upgrades have been made in classrooms at Purdue University following a shooting in January of 2014. (WLFI Photo)
Safety upgrades have been made in classrooms at Purdue University following a shooting in January of 2014. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Campus safety is on the minds of many after Monday’s stabbing incident at Ohio State University. According to Purdue President Mitch Daniels, the university is constantly trying to better itself when it comes to safety.

Daniels said Purdue has a sophisticated alert system that reaches students and parents.

Since the murder of Andrew Boldt on campus in 2014, he said more precautions have been taken. He said there are more locks on doors throughout campus and electronic signs now display alerts in and outside of buildings.

“The best, I think, we can do is be prepared for immediate response and try to be as good about securing the safety of others,” said Daniels. “Getting accurate information to people, so we don’t accidentally make a bad situation worse.”

Daniels hopes these steps will ensure everyone stays safe in an emergency.

“These kinds of horrific attacks are possible, and we hope to be as ready as anybody should such an awful thing happen again,” he added.

Daniels said the university has taken every step to identify the best ways to protect students and staff. That includes comparing Purdue’s procedures to other universities.