Lancaster – In advance of recent incidents of school violence, the Ohio University Lancaster Campus was in the process of updating and examining its campus safety plan and procedures. Faculty and staff members are also being trained by local law enforcement on how to keep employees and students safe in the event of an emergency.
Lancaster Police held a two-hour training session on January 9 on the Lancaster Campus. Community Services Sgt. Mike Peters lead the active shooter training.
"Being prepared is crucial. You are already here.You are in a position where you could do something about the situation," said Peters. "We're asking you to be ready to do something about it."
About 60 faculty and staff members participated in the training. Peters and Officer Jim Marshall told those in attendance that if a shooting incident were to occur on campus, employees are the first responders until law enforcement arrives. That is why it is crucial that the employees know what to do to keep everyone as safe as possible.
"The worst thing you can do in these situations is nothing," said Marshall.
"Generally speaking schools are very, very safe places.So, don't think this is a dangerous place," said Peters. "But, you need to be ready to take action should the worst happen."
Peters and Marshall said it's important for faculty and staff members to think through what they would do and where they would go, if there was an emergency situation on campus.