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HCC reminds students of safety strategies after eastern KY college shooting

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Students 14 News talked with say they think HCC does a good job of making them feel at home on campus. Students 14 News talked with say they think HCC does a good job of making them feel at home on campus.

Two people are dead, and a child is in critical condition after a shooting Tuesday evening on the Hazard Community and Technical College in Kentucky.

Police say an upset father killed his child's mother and her aunt.

Although it was a domestic situation, the issue is a reminder about campus safety.

The college in Hazard is a sister school to Henderson Community College, so school officials at HCC say that shooting hit close to home.  

The website called SNAP is an alert system HCC has in place that's just one of the ways they're proactive in helping students stay safe.

"Anytime there's a shooting on a college campus, it seems so personal," said Dr. Kris Williams, the President of Henderson Community College.

That's why Dr. Williams sent out a message to faculty members Wednesday morning to remind students of campus safety strategies. One of those, a safety notification process called SNAP.

Williams says anyone from the community can sign up online to receive alerts via email and phone, letting them know about situations like bad weather or other emergencies.

"If a building or something is damaged, they'll let you know if it's closed," HCC student, Kyle Hayes said. 

Hayes says he gets SNAP alerts through email and thinks they're a good idea to help keep students safe.

"It's just common safety. Nothing bad goes on here," Hayes said.

But Dr. Williams tells 14 News that campus safety doesn't end with alerts. The college is also working on creating a faculty behavior assessment team to help identify students who may need professional counseling.

"That might help stop an issue before it starts," Dr. Williams said.

Students 14 News talked with say they think HCC does a good job of making them feel at home on campus.

"It's public, you meet, see a lot of people. It's friendly here," Tabitha Ray, an HCC student, said. 

"It needs to be a safe place where students can come and focus on learning and not be worried about their personal safety," Dr. William said.

If you'd like to sign up for the SNAP alerts, click here. 

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