NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Emergency drills and crisis plans are a little like insurance – you hope you never need them.
But preparation paid off when, during the overnight hours of Oct. 6-7, there were reports of shots being fired near Bethel College’s Administration Building.
Early responders immediately enacted emergency procedures, locking down the campus with text alerts and loudspeaker systems as designed. Information was also posted to the college website and social media.
Local police officials began their investigation and, after determining no imminent danger, issued an all-clear.
The shots allegedly came from CO2 pistols discharged near the college’s hallmark building. It is believed that the shots were not aimed at anyone.
No arrests have been made, but college disciplinary procedures will be enacted once responsibility for the discharge of weapons has been determined.
“Our people responded to the report immediately – no questions asked – and enacted emergency procedures just as we have trained and drilled,” said President Perry D. White. “Our very first precaution is the safety of our students and staff.
“The best news is that the process worked exactly as it should have. Compliments to our student life staff for the way they enacted the process and to the campus for the way they responded, following their training precisely.”
Events took place during the college’s fall break, which concludes Tuesday evening.