A shooting at a Houston college has left at least three people injured and at least one suspect in custody, The New York Times and other media sources reported today.
“Officials at the North Harris campus of Lone Star College announced an evacuation at 12:52 p.m. on its Web site, citing an incident involving ‘a couple of armed suspects,’” the report elaborated.
The suspects were in violation of Lone Star College policy and the law.
It is the policy of this System to prohibit the carrying of firearms, knives and clubs onto any of the System’s facilities,” the college’s weapons policy states. “The possession of firearms, illegal knives and prohibited knives on System facilities including parking areas and publicly accessed facilities is a violation of criminal law and Board policies. This prohibition includes licensed concealed handguns except as otherwise allowed by state law.
“Persons who violate the law and these policies will be subject to serious consequences, including referral for criminal prosecution, dismissal from school or discharge of employment,” the policy warns.
If confronted by what the school calls an “active shooter” (itself a misnomer, as Jeff Knox of the Firearms Coalition has correctly pointed out), the college offers a variety of hiding, evacuating, wedging, locking, and other instructions depending on whether one is in a classroom or office, a hallway, an auditorium, open spaces, or “trapped with the gunmen,” in which case the first rule listed is “don’t do anything to provoke them.”
They actually say that.
Absent from any instruction is the advice to return fire, because obedient and compliant students, faculty, staff and visitors are expected to abide by the rules those intent on imposing really “serious consequences” ignore as a matter of course, and count on as a matter of success assurance.