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Active shooting situation at Ohio State: Students urged to “Run, Hide, Fight”

COLUMBUS, OHIO– An active shooting alert was sent to students of Ohio State University Monday morning. 

A suspect was shot and killed approximately one hour after the initial alert went out.

 

 

WSYX ABC 6 in Columbus confirmed that there are injuries with this situation.

 

The Buckeye Alert, the emergency alert system for the campus, initially warned students of the active shooter situation at approximately 9am.

 

More alerts with specific instructions were broadcasted.

Students were urged to avoid campus if they weren’t already there, and specifically Watts Hall.

Sidd Salter, Communications Director for Mississippi State University, told News Mississippi there are always difficulties that universities must train to deal with when it comes to a dangerous situation.

The size of the university alone is a hurdle. At Mississippi State alone there are 21,600 students, over 5,000 faculty and staff, and numerous guests on any given day. A system must be in place when dire information is distributed.
“We primarily rely on Maroon Alert, plus redundancies and secondary systems,” said Salter.
There was an active shooting scare at Mississippi State in August of last year, when Fhu-Qui Cong Nguyen, was threatening to kill himself on the drill field, as well as threatening to harm other students.
“We got some valuable lessons from that incident,” said Salter.
Since then, the university has focused on T.L.C.–training, locks, and communication.
“We’re reviewing locking systems, campus communications, how to communicate with the outside, such as first responders,” said Salter.
The university also utilizes drill tabletop exercises with a response team.
When it comes to communication, Salter said there is one other hurdle when it comes to communicating with the student body.
“We’re looking to reach largest number of people possible in shortest amount of time,” said Salter. “We encourage students to rely on the maroon alert system, and to limit their own social media distribution of partial information. obviously social media in situations like this… is a blessing and a curse.. there’s immediacy, but there’s panic and misinformation..”
Salter said passing on information from unconfirmed sources could actually slow up the investigation process.

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