Letter to the Editor: My window doesn’t open and it may cost me my life


I am writing to express my frustration at our recent active shooter training. I am in an office in the newly renovated Williams Hall, and the police department was kind enough to come and give us a personalized training on active shooter situations. My frustration is not with the police. They seem organized, prepared and have a wonderful training to help us feel more in control. My frustration is with Lehigh facilities and the policy that no windows can open more than 6 inches. My office has glass doors (that no one in this building wanted, but the facilities insisted on) and nowhere to hide.  In the case of an active shooter, running out the window is my best option. However, I am on the first floor and my window only opens 6 inches. No one can commit suicide out of this window; they may not even be able to twist their ankle. It is downright insulting that Lehigh will not change this policy for first floor windows. My safety and the safety of my co-workers could be at stake.  I found it insulting that the building manager suggested I purchase something to break the window. Instead, maybe Lehigh should show some support for everyone’s well being and allow first floor windows to open all the way.

– Amanda Webb is a coordinator in Lehigh’s Office of Interdisciplinary Programs. She can be reached at [email protected]

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