Last Tuesday, Director of Campus Safety Tim Young hosted a First-Year Forum called Shots Fired on Campus. The session, which focused on giving students practical advice for action in emergency situations, called on students to prepare themselves for the possibility of gun violence, even if they do not anticipate it.
“I already knew a lot of the things that were talked about here, but I think that it was very helpful for other people,” Jayde Agnew ‘21 said. “It was nice to get a refresh of how to react in these types of situations.”
Though Young made the forum interactive and discussion-based, the mood was solemn. Attendees sat quietly, paying attention to every word.
Students were encouraged to quickly assess the exit routes in the buildings that they frequent. In emergency situations, Young emphasized, it is dangerous to know only a single exit. He also outlined the three emergency response options — hide, run or fight. The specifics of the situation, he explained, can determine which of these responses is likely to be most effective.
Towards the end of the forum, Young showed participants a video that explained how to tell whether or not a loud sound is a gunshot. The video also gave tips on how to respond to police presence on campus. Hand position, Young explained, is key — police officers are trained to assess an individual’s threat level by looking at hand placement.
“No matter how well prepared you are, you never know how you are going to react in these types of situations,” Kim Schmidt ‘21 said. “The forum had a really great turnout.”