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College President On Lone Star Shooting: ‘Violence Can Spill Onto Any Campus’

By CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) As one of the panelists during Thursday’s Town Hall meeting addressing school safety, San Jacinto College North President, Dr. Allatia Harris sat with an open mind and offered encouragement to audience members as she explained that within any crisis situation are opportunities to grow as a community.

Dr. Harris listened to the questions and concerns from those that had them and stated that Tuesday’s shooting at Lone Star College is one that should allow communities as well as other institutions, opportunities to strengthen communication and offer more proactive approaches to crises instead of reactive approaches.

She praised the efforts of the law enforcement sectors in Harris County that responded to the shooting as well as the efforts of Dr. Steve Head, president of Lone Star College-North Harris and fellow panelist during Thursday’s meeting. Dr. Harris said that Lone Star’s faculty and staff members acted with agility and diligence during the shooting.

She also added that the shooting at Lone Star, “…brought home the fact that this sort of violence can spill onto any campus.” She also added that although Lone Star College is well-run institution, we all need to take extra precautions, because violence knows no boundaries.

Dr. Harris, who, according to the San Jacinto College website, was named president of the North campus in the summer of 2008, also stated that conversations should be encouraged that center around the importance of safety.

Listen to Dr. Harris speak about additional proactive measures that should be taken in the wake of crises:

http://youtu.be/py_bAFmsFy4

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