When a Casper College instructor was attacked and killed in front of his class, by his own son, there wasn't much campus security staff could have done to stop it.
The attacker was armed with a compound bow and knives. Like many small colleges across the nation, Casper College security personnel are not armed and rely on local police to confront an armed assailant.
But campus crime experts and others say small colleges are as prepared to respond to violent incidents as larger colleges and universities that have their own armed police forces.
They cite the rarity of violent crime on small college campuses and cooperation with local police.
Alison Kiss, of the Clery Center for Security on Campus, says being proactive in preparing for violent incidents is the best defense for any college.