FGCU students react to Orlando news about guns/explosives in college dorm
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FORT MYERS, Fla.- Florida Gulf Coast University students in Fort Myers react to the Orlando news that a college student died in a dorm at UCF. Authorities found explosives and guns inside the dorm at the University of Central Florida. Students had to be evacuated.
Amber Streath is a sophomore at FGCU. She has lived on campus for the last 2 years. She says the incident at UCF in Orlando proves you never know what might be going on in the room next door.
"It's really a scary situation going on. Unnerving to hear that something so close in dorms could happen like that," said Streath.
Amber says she has friends that attend UCF.
"Some of them live on campus and a lot of them live off campus, but I feel the whole student body is impacted by it."
Freshman Joseph Gonzalez also reacted to the Orlando news.
"It's unbelievable. I mean I wouldn't think on campus especially that could happen," said Gonzalez, FGCU student.
Most of the students Fox 4 spoke with at FGCU say they choose to live on campus because it is convenient and for the most part feel pretty safe, but has anything similar to the Orlando incident happened on campus at FGCU? That's the question Fox took to the Chief of Police, Steven Moore, at FGCU.
"I've been here almost 7 years and nothing identical to this. We've had a few cases of deceased persons in our dorm rooms either suicides or overdoses, things like that," said Chief Moore.
So what protocols are in place to keep students safe? University officials only enter residence halls once a month to conduct safety checks. School officials say it boils down to paying attention to those around you.
"If you see somebody who might be acting alittle unusual or of concern or might be creating a safety issue either let housing authorities know or call the police department," said Chief Moore.
FGCU has more than 4,000 students who live on-campus. On-campus police often patrol those areas.