After shooting, some students question safety at local college

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

DENMARK, S.C. -- For the second time in less than a year, a student has been shot at a local college.

"Wednesday night at approximately 9:50 p.m, unfortunately, one of our students was shot on the campus. It was in the area of a parking lot," said Denmark Technical College President Dr. Joann Boyd-Scotland.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division told News 12 that after an argument between two groups of people, a female student was shot in the chest area. Local police are actively searching for the shooter, and SLED is now assisting in the investigation.

Meanwhile, Dr. Boyd-Scotland says the college is focusing on security.

"We have a wonderful police force on this campus, and in addition to that, we have a security contract that serves our campus," she said.

As SLED investigates, they only have one gate open for drivers entering and exiting campus. Students and faculty need ID to come through. Prior to the shooting, visitors could get in, too, and they think the shooter was a visitor.

"I don't think it's a problem with the people coming off campus onto campus. I think it's just the students," said Don Washington.

Washington and his 19-year-old son are both students at Denmark Tech. He witnessed part of the last shooting back in April where another student was shot. He wants security to be beefed up.

"A stray bullet don't know anybody," he said. "Something really has to be done though."

One question remains. Do students and faculty feel safe at Denmark Tech?

"Well, I think they're safe. I feel safe when I'm on campus," Boyd-Scotland said.

News 12 asked Washington if he feels safe, too.

"No. Not really," he said, adding that he frequently calls his son to make sure he's OK.

Boyd-Scotland says the student shot this week is in a stable condition. Luckily, she says, it was a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

She says one complication with security is that the road that runs through the campus is normally a public access road. That means they have to let all drivers pass through when they have both entrances open.

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