UCLA Beefs up Security, Fails to Address Root Cause

Chancellor Block announces safety task force

Chancellor Block announces campus safety task force, joined by student leaders and elected officials. (Credit: Cynthia Lee/UCLA)

In a typical response to campus violence that claimed the life of engineering professor William S. Klug on June 1 by his erstwhile Indian researcher on allegations of research fraud and unfair means, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block has resorted to the creation of a task force to examine the campus response to the tragedy instead of addressing the root cause for the tragedy.

“This week, we come together to look forward in saying how can we do things better, how can we eliminate violence on campus, how can we make ourselves safer?” said Block at a press conference at UCLA’s Meyerhoff Park.

“Violence, not just on campus, but in other schools and in our society, is rampant and we have to find ways to live together more safely, more respectfully,” he said. “We’ve solved amazing challenges, but this is a challenge we have to really address directly.”

The task force will assess a variety of topics, said Block, including campus communication, classroom security, door locks and training to prepare students, staff and faculty for an active shooter situation.
essentially, it has turned out to be another knee-jerk reaction than a well-thought out panacea to stem frustration among the talented students, especially migrants who are at the receiving end and may turn senile over unfair means of evaluation.

UCLA is the 186th school to experience gun violence since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in December 2012. Danny Siegel, president of the Undergraduate Students Association said: “We want a world where campus violence is no longer the status quo, where mothers and fathers are not afraid to send their children to school, where students are not afraid to pursue an education and where teachers are not afraid to teach.”

He was able to hint at the real problem when he said: “We will tackle the great challenges of our time, study a problem and find solutions. We will lead the charge against campus violence… We are here to send a message ‘186 and not one more.’”

An Indian American student killed Prof. Klug over what his social media postings said was due to unfair treatment meted out to him by stealing his research data and passing it on to another student.

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