Friday, April 27, 2007

Copy Cats Coming out After Virginia Tech

Keep your guard up at work. Following highly publicized events, there is always an increase in copy cat threats.

It's already started after Virginia Tech -- an employee at SeaWorld in Orlando threatened to go on a shooting rampage and then, after he was fired, threatened to come back to blow up the park.

Twenty-year-old Gilbert Alexander Garcia admitted that he told a co-worker, "I am going to do what happened at Virginia Tech here at SeaWorld," and that he idolized the shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 people on April 16, according to an Orange County sheriff's report.

Two hours after Garcia was fired and escorted off SeaWorld premises, a co-worker recorded a phone call with Garcia, who said he was mad about being fired and was "going to blow up SeaWorld."

Garcia, was arrested a few hours later at his home and charged with threatening a place with a destructive device, a felony. Deputies found several baseball bats and a knife in Garcia's car, but no firearms.

Don't fall into the trap of thinking that "it can't happen here." Have a plan. If you are a professional, get your plan in place and rehearse.

Dig your well before you are thirsty.

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