SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Students at American International College stared at a large hole in a glass window of their campus center as they walked to class Monday morning. AIC Spokesman Tim Grader told 22News a stray bullet hit the Campus Center Sunday afternoon.
He said the college has boosted security and is monitoring the area with more than 100 security cameras.
“The incidents that I hear about, none of them really target AIC, it’s the community surrounding it, so I do feel safe on campus, but going out into the community sometimes is kind of…,” Rebecca Gray, an AIC Sophomore, told 22News.
With a recent increase in violence, including 9 homicides this year in Springfield, Sunday’s gunfire prompted Springfield College to alert its students. “They need to know what’s going around them, so if they were headed up to the AIC area to get pizza or to meet friends up there for something, that they knew going up that there had been a situation,” Springfield College Police Chief Michael Sullivan. Students told 22News they knew going to a school in a city that there would be potential dangers, but they do take extra precautions whenever they leave their campus.
“I’ll go downtown occasionally, but if I do go downtown, it’s always with a big group of friends. I would never go anywhere by myself I don’t really think,” said Danielle Racette, a North Adams native who is a Sophomore at Springfield College.
Springfield College students said they felt safe on campus, knowing everywhere there’s a blue light, there’s a way to call for emergency help.
“I usually walk with someone, especially late at night coming home from the library or something, I usually have my friends or something walk with me,” said Molly McCausland, a Springfield College Sophomore from Worcester.
Sunday, Springfield College also expanded its shuttle service hours as an extra safety measure.