Texas stabbing hits home for local college students

Campus safety
Posted at 6:26 PM, Apr 10, 2013
and last updated 2019-05-22 18:10:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--The frightening Texas stabbing now has students here in Tallahassee on high alert.

Students say these tragedies are becoming more unpredictable and now they have to be more cautious than ever.

Students say whether it's a shooting or a stabbing on any campus, it always hits close to home.

"Its extremely scary for me."

"Of course its scary."

"You should definitely be on alert but not scared."

Its a fear for some... who say anything could happen anywhere at anytime, including right here on Florida State's campus.

"There's always going to be fear going around campus, anything could just about happen either you get mugged , or hit by a car or anything else," said John O'Reilly.

Perhaps, a stabbing spree like the incident on a Texas campus Tuesday, where police say 14 students were randomly stabbed by one of the peers.

This isn't common here in Tallahassee, but there's been incidents here before.

Like in Ragan's Hall at FSU where police say a double stabbing happened in March 2012 and even in 1995. The headline of a newspaper reads "student murdered in FAMU dorm."

"Well it just makes me extremely nervous I mean hearing these things just breaks your heart when you hear about other students getting hurt," said Olivia Bruno, FSU student.

Florida State University Police Captain Jason Trumbower says they do the best they can to protect the students.

"Its always a challenge with people who come through here all day long, we're just always on high alert, we train for these critical incidents and we respond quickly and swiftly when they do happen," said Trumbower.

He says when students apply for college they run a background check for criminal history, medical records are kept private.

But, the students say no record could tell if someone is planning an attack, the best they can do is keep a close watch because it could always happen here right at home.