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April 17, 2007

Security Risks

by @ 11:06 am. Filed under Registry Ops, Current Events

Many people today are revisiting their security plans after yesterday’s horrendous mass murder at Virginia Tech where school officials and campus police have come under considerable criticism for their failure to alert the campus of the initial killings which occurred more than two hours before the second round of shootings. The authorities assumed the first was an isolated incident. It’s easy to criticize, but I suspect they simply did what we all do quite naturally – attribute rational behavior to someone who’s mentally deranged or a suicidal terrorist. That’s exactly what happened at this very courthouse back in 1976 when a night watchman (they had them back then) received an anonymous call that said a bomb was set to go off at the Middlesex Superior Courthouse in Lawrence. Being in Lowell, the watchman assumed the call was a prank and did nothing. When the morning custodian arrived for work before dawn, he spotted a brown paper bag leaning against the front door of the courthouse. Thinking it was trash, he bent down to pick it up. It exploded, severely injuring the janitor. The Weathermen terrorist group claimed responsibility. Today, we’re fortunate to have professional security controlling access to the building. Nevertheless, yesterday’s story from Virginia and the story of the 30-year old courthouse bombing remind us that we must view every unusual situation as a potential security risk. It’s an unfortunate but necessary approach to life these days.

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