Indiana colleges learning from Ohio State University’s attack response

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind-- A tweet that the Ohio State University emergency management account sent out Monday telling students to “run, hide, or fight” during an attack on campus is gaining some attention.

The tweet was in reaction to a suspect ramming his car into a group of pedestrians before using a butcher knife to cut several people.

Now, officials here in Indiana say that tweet is part of an evolving strategy to combat campus threats.

Captain Anthony Rivera with the Butler University Police Department says as unfortunate as they are, situations like the one on OSU’s campus have to be viewed as a learning opportunity, which is why he says campus police always pay close attention to the details of how other schools handle dangerous situations.

“We train very hard we take every example of things and we take it to our officers if there is something that we can do to improve how we respond or react that’s what we do, you never know everything, so it’s always good to learn something else,” said Rivera.

One of the things Rivera says the school has learned is that student response is crucial. On their website, Butler police posted a video detailing what students should do during an active shooter threat. One of the first tips listed is to take decisive action.

“You can always hope that it won’t happen to you, but I don’t ever preach to anybody to prepare to be a victim. We just want you to be diligent in your life to keep yourself, your loved ones, and family safe,” the video states.

That’s where Rivera says those three basic words come in: “Run, hide, fight.” Run if you can, hide if you must, fight if you have to.

Rivera says those three words can be crucial for students and their safety.

“We don’t want anybody to have to do something they’re uncomfortable with but in order to make yourself safe or get out if you have to fight we want you to be able to do so, prepare your mind for that,” he said.

Rivera says there’s never any such thing 100 percent safety, but by paying attention to previous examples every campus can become safer, a task he says is a daily effort for anyone who patrols campuses.

“I never want to say we’re doing all we can, there’s always a little something more that we can do,” he said.