, Salem, MA


September 30, 2013

Our view: A reassuring response to Salem State incident


Throughout it all, both the police and the university press office kept the public informed. They were accessible and candid in answering questions and providing as much information as possible, not only in person but through Twitter, Facebook and other social media. The Salem schools made sure parents of Horace Mann children were informed, in both English and Spanish. All of that did a lot to dampen rumors and prevent a sense of panic.

Salem was lucky that, in the grand scheme of things, no great harm was done. But anything could have happened, particularly if the suspect had been carrying a gun instead of a knife. Much of the credit must also go to the bus driver who intervened to stop the attack, at great personal risk.

It’s good to know that the public safety of citizens here and students on the university campus is in such capable hands. We offer our thanks to all who worked so hard to ensure the safety of others.

Job well done.

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