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Marshall University Security Efforts in Wake of Terrorism


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Investigators are trying to get
answers into the latest terrorist attack on American soil. It involved a series of bombs that killed three people and injured more than 175 at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, safety is no longer taken for granted in public places.

Marshall University has more than 100 security cameras strategically
placed on campus. Many of those cameras were purchased with
Homeland Security grant money.

"They're our eyes," Marshall Police Sgt. Scott Ballou said. "We always stress know where you're at, know your surroundings and to let us know if they see something suspicious."

Courtney Coberly is keenly aware of the security cameras on campus. She's also familiar with the university's text alert messaging system.

"This is the big city to me," Coberly said, explaining she's from Elkins in central West Virginia. "I'm from a really small town. I don't
see the cameras as an invasion of privacy, by any means.
I hope it gets better, and we can continue to keep all the students
here safe.

"There can be up to 40,000 people here," Ballou said while on the field at the Joan C. Edwards Football Stadium. "Security here has also been tightened. No longer are the days when you could bring coolers and large bags into the stadium."

Ballou went on to say, "Now we allow bags, as long as they're physically checked. "We have certain areas where that's done. We take extra steps to prevent and keep something tragic from happening."


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