[Milton-L] Student referrals

gilliaca at jmu.edu gilliaca at jmu.edu
Wed Apr 18 10:03:50 EDT 2007

>I'm not saying we shouldn't do anything or make any changes, 
but we
>shouldn't expect too much from them, and we shouldn't be too
>aggressive about violations of privacy that foster a culture 

I agree. Look at the zero-toleration policy absurdities in 
some public schools.

If someone is perceived as a threat to themselves or others
>they can be Baker Acted.  

What's that?

I'd think more in terms of isolating
>individual threats than bigger changes that directly affect 

Again, I agree. I expect one practical thing would be for 
campus safety entities to have drills, to review procedures, 
and to have a plans for notification in case of emergencies. 

A couple of years ago we had our usual outdoor commencement 
on a morning when rain threatened. There was just rain during 
the big mass ceremony [which I skipped] - then the smaller 
ceremonies in scattered locations came under the threat of 
really bad weather. Because the designated person had 
mistaken the time for it, I read the names of graduating 
English majors as they stepped forward to be recognized - I 
heard thunder and o f course it started to rain on an already 
wet field...and there I was with a mike and a big golf 
umbrella [fiberglass shaft, TBTG!]. They finally canceled 
the rest of the festivities. A number of us wrote angry 
letters to the administration about lightning and the 
conductivity of water and metal folding chairs etc. - by next 
spring that had installed a weather alert system like golf 
courses use.

Possibly something like that, supplemented by text message 
and cell-phone 'reverse 911' calls could be used to get 
people lock down ....
Cynthia A. Gilliatt
English Department, JMU
JMU Safe Zones participant
"You have made God in your own image when God hates the same people you hate." Fr. John Weston

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