Lubbock Coping with High Terrorism Threat - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/12/03

Lubbock Coping with High Terrorism Threat

Nearly a week after the Office of Homeland Security raised the threat of a terrorist attack from Elevated to High, Home Depot is still racing to keep it's shelves stocked with duct tape and plastic sheeting.

"It's flying out of here at a pretty quick rate," said employee Dean Baker. So fast, that soon a special display will be set up at the store entrance. "We're actually going to dedicate a section at the front of the store that will only have plastic and tape, and as soon as you walk in the door you will be able to see it," he said.

Along with the increased threat level, comes the warning that universities and shopping centers may be specifically targeted. "At any time of day we have from four to six officers out here," said South Plains Mall official Beth Bridges. Management is currently satisfied with the ongoing level of security measures. "We have not increased the number of security officers. We have had a high level since 9/11," said Bridges.

Shopper Gail Lewis was with her 3 week-old granddaughter Gillian, cautious but undeterred. "I'm aware of it, not doing anything different, but I'm more aware of everything," she said.

At Texas Tech, some students were notified of the threat increase with a flyer. "My boyfriend lives in an apartment and we received a bulletin the other day about how the apartments are on high alert," said student Shandra Hill.

Life is moving forward, but with the unpleasant baggage of looking at your neighbor with a suspicious glance. "Yeah, profiling, and I don't want to, and I don't do it intentionally, but it's like the country almost kind of led us to doing that, even though they're trying to prevent it," said Hill.

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