CT universities, colleges are prepared for threatening situations

ECSU police said they are prepared for a threatening situation on campus. (WFSB)

Monday was a scary day for students and faculty at Ohio State University.

At first, police thought there was a shooting, but are now saying a man plowed into a crowd and then started stabbing people.

Nine people were hurt, one seriously. The suspect was shot and killed.

The attack is something many students across the country don’t want to think about, but it’s hard to ignore.

At Eastern Connecticut State University, police have a plan in place to protect students, but safety also depends on the students.

"It can happen anywhere and the only thing you can do is provide as much training as you can, coordinate with other agencies --- follow policies and procedures set by the state for universities,” said ECSU Police Chief Jeffrey Garewski.

He said the first thing would be to send out alerts, and then respond quickly.

Some students said they feel somewhat vulnerable.

"Just because it's occurring so frequently around the country, I do worry because it could happen here and you just don't expect it,” said ECSU student Taylor Brown.

"I don't think it happens too often, but they send out emails and get text messages really quick and get information so we know what to do,” said ECSU student Aaron Salisbury.

A YouTube video that was put out by Ohio State University last year has important information, telling students they should run and get out of where they are, safely. They say to evacuate the area and then call 911.

If you get out, you should then hide and lock and barricade the door, turn off lights and cell phones. People should also spread out. Too many people in one place makes an easy target.

The last resort should always be to fight. Police suggest using fire extinguishers and chairs as possible weapons.

When something happens on a college campus, parents start calling, which isn’t always the right thing.

"Actually, a parent can't do much. The best thing they can do is let us do our job so we can respond to call and mitigate the situation as soon as possible,” Garewski said.

Police said students should also be familiar with their campus, knowing exactly where exits are in certain buildings, know where they can escape from and look for areas where you can hide.

Connecticut State Police took to social media on Monday to explain the "Run, Hide, Fight" protocol if you ever find yourself in an active shooter situation. Their explanation can be found here.

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