Humber students talk about safety after Oregon shooting

Oct 2, 2015 | News

Jalisa Massiah and Javon Walker

“To be honest I don’t know what I would do. Maybe stay in my classroom.”

Those were the words of Adam Holt, first year 3D animation student, when asked what would he do if a gunman were at large at Humber College.

In light of the tragic shooting in Oregon, where 10 people were gunned down and seven others injured at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, before police killed the gunman.

We took to the halls of Humber to see what students would do if this were to happen here.

Lorianna Larbi, a first year radio broadcasting student said, “I would stroke his ego.”

“I would give him very many compliments, and just try to talk my way through that,” said Larbi.

“My first instinct would be to get out of the school,” said Tarrel Clark, a first year radio-broadcasting student.

Despite the recent shootings and stabbings occurring in Ontario, students and staff feel safe on campus.

Sara Laux, manager of PR and communications at Humber College, said “I absolutely feel safe at Humber.”

Laux said, “I’ve been at Humber for 3 years and I’ve never had a reason to not feel safe coming to work everyday.”

The Humber College website states that if an incident takes place, if it is safe to, exit the building.

If it’s not safe to do so, then go into an area, lock the door, turn off the lights and stay quiet.

“That’s the reason we practice lockdown procedures,” said Laux. “So everyone knows what to do, everyone is confident that there are people who know what to do in the case of an emergency situation.”

“I don’t feel threatened in school at all, to feel paranoid about it all the time,” said Larbi. And if I am paranoid, I think it’s just me watching too much cable news (rather) than it (being) my surroundings.”

“I never just walk around Humber and go by a group of people, even on my way here and feel as if they’re kind of threatening to me,” said Larbi.

Humber College has a video on YouTube that showcase tips: what to do in an emergency.