I have been watching the Gallaudet Unversity's actions since the first news of the death of Cheang Kok started to spread across the 'net among the students and on Facebook as well.
The accounts vary and the actions that had happened there is murky at. Cheang Kok is dead while prompt medical assistance wasn't clearly forth coming.
While the blog world is quiet about this, only two items of news popped up.
First: The Buff and Blue was first to report the major news: http://thebuffandblue.net/?p=2455
Then: GU's Public Relations Response to the Buff and Blue after the Washington Post picked up the story:
After reading both sides of the story, I remembered something very important on campus. Here's the very important question:
Quiz time: What are the blue lighted boxes on the campus of Gallaudet? They're all over the campus in every spot possible. They're blue with a flashing blue light when activated.
They are the EMERGENCY RESPONSE POLES! When an emergency happens on campus, as in the case of Cheang Kok's emergency, the first response by anyone should have been this: Some one should have hit the nearest BLUE LIGHTED EMERGENCY RESPONSE BOXES IMMEDIATELY!!
So my question is: WHY WAS THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE BUTTON ON THE BLUE BOX NEVER PUSHED? That's the $64,000 question of the day for anyone to answer. I dare the GU campus community to come forward with an answer of why it wasn't pushed.
Should those those blue emergency response boxes be redesigned to show it's EMERGENCY status? Should DPS hold a class for the entire campus and educate the community as a whole WHY these blue poles have been established on the campus? To the first question: maybe a mini-modification. To the second question: It's a resounding YES!
If someone had pressed the blue emergency response button and DPS would have been in the area faster than a jack rabbit.
So listen up GU campus community. Those blue emergency response boxes are there for your benefit. Those blue boxes are emergency boxes. They're not to be fooled around with and they serve as a beacon for emergency alerts for the DPS.
Had someone actually pressed the emergency response button box, Cheang Kok's life might have had a fighting chance.
So while the Buff and Blue and the Post argue it out, GU's PR just might extra work to help DPS to educate the campus on the Blue emergency boxes. It makes a huge difference than calling 911 from your cell or pager text on campus. Those 15 minutes are important.
Cheang Kok , I will remember you and miss you.