MyWorkplace Was in Lockdown

Mesquite College Locked Down

I was getting ready to go to lunch when a Novell message flashed on my screen: Intruder lockdown.  It said to stay behind locked doors or a barracaded area (if a locked room wasn’t readily available).  I thought, “Oh?”

And that’s when the speaker phone messaging system came on my work phone, coinciding with the all-campus public announcement system, both of which only come on during a dire emergency.  Both gave messages confirming what I saw on the screen.

So I slowly got out of my office chair, went to my door, locked it, turned off my office light, and sat back down. 

And waited.

Fortunately, the emergency was a hoax, as the news article reports.  But the two things I was thinking were 1) thank God I decided not to put Daniel in the on-campus daycare my work has on-site and 2) here I was with my concealed handgun license and prohibited to bring my .380 on campus.  Oddly enough, as I was waiting, I didn’t feel alarmed or scared.  Just impatient.

Of course, I was hungry, so that probably had something to do with it.  Also, I was used to feeling a little bit laissez faire when it came to these sort of things.  When I was attending my high school in the 1980’s, the campus was notorious for getting bomb threats — all of them false.

So when the campus police cleared my building and I could go (it was a little before 2pm), I didn’t run for it.  Of course, let’s hope in a real armed intruder emergency, I’d be able to feel for the difference and act accordingly.

But let’s hope — fingers crossed — that that never happens.


About lizardqueen

If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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2 Responses to MyWorkplace Was in Lockdown

  1. lizardqueen says:

    CD: I heard of it but — wow — I didn’t know it had gotten as far as being up for a vote in the House.

  2. convivialdingo says:

    Eek! That’s just a scary place to be. Have you seen the new proposed Texas law which would allow CHL holders to bring weapons onto campus?

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