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UCLA announces new safety initiative after campus shooting
After shooting of a professor, UCLA has taken new security measures
LOS ANGELES (UCLA) June 2, 2016- UCLA will be rolling out a new safety initiative Monday, to ensure the safety of students and faculty.
UCLA will be teaming up with the LAPD and launching the, “Bruin Buddies” program. The program is a call for safety on and around campus. Anytime a student or faculty member feels unsafe they will be able to click a button in the UCLA app that says “I need a buddy” and immediately the police will know their exact location and a school officer or security guard will make their way to that area to assist them in ensuring their safety.
This comes on the heels of the murder-suicide that occurred on Wednesday morning. Police received a call after gunshots were heard in the engineering building. After a few hours of having the school on lockdown it was discovered that Mainak Sarkar, an engineering student at UCLA shot and killed a professor, William S. Klug and then himself.
“William was a well-known professor here and was loved by the student body,” said Gene Block, president of UCLA. “He was quite involved in the community and this program will be in his honor.”
The “Bruin Buddies” will be named after Klug, one being named William and another being named Klug.
“Parents send their kids off to college and they want them to get an education and be safe while doing that,” said Block. “Well we want to make sure we can give families that piece of mind while their loved one is here and with the “Bruin Buddies” we believe we can do that.”
UCLA will be holding a kick-off event in the student union on June 3rd at 7 p.m. They will also be live streaming on Periscope, Facebook, and Twitter. For more information check UCLA newsroom as they continue to update this story with further updates.
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