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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

    Letters to the Editor — Campus armed robbery goes unreported

    Editor — I’m sure, by now, everyone has heard about the shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. Ten people were killed, along with the gunman. This should be a wake up call for us all. 
    The Health and Safety Committee here at Merritt College has tried to do an active shooting drill, but it was called off by the district just before the committee was to begin the drill. In addition, there are other challenges that need to be addressed. 
    We had a male student robbed in the men’s restroom in the A-building on the first day of instruction. Although the robber didn’t point the gun at the student, he showed the student the gun in his pants and then robbed him. 
    Neither faculty nor staff nor students were told about this. All the information about the robbery was by word of mouth. We as a campus should have been given the information as soon as it happened. 
    We have to come together as a unit and watch out for the safety of our students and each other. We as a district need to have an Active Shooting Training that is conducted by either the Oakland Police Department or the Alameda County Sherriff’s Department for all four campuses and the district. This way, we would be better prepared in the event that an actual emergency of this sort happens.

    Waaduda Karim

    Waaduda Karim is senior clerical assistant, Allied Health, at Merritt College. This letter was sent Oct. 1 as an email to faculty and staff throughout the district. It is reprinted with the author’s permission.

    The Tower welcomes letters to the editor of 150 words or fewer. Letters are subject to editing for space and clarity. Please e-mail your letters to laneytower(a)peralta.edu with the subject line “Letter to the Editor.”

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    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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