With Wednesday’s tragedy in Florida still on our minds, several area schools and colleges, like Lindenwood University, are preparing for active shooter situations.
Lindenwood’s Public Safety and Security Department held an active shooter training Saturday morning to teach students what to do during the tense moments before officers arrived.
The training included a presentation on what to do and not to do during an active shooter situation followed by several stimulated scenarios.
Student Brittany Melburm said she attended the training to become aware and prepared for all the different possibilities she could encounter.
“Yes, it’s something scary, but it’s something that might happen and we have to talk about it,” said Melbrum. “We have to make sure we have a plan, just like with a fire. Where do we go, what do we do. It’s the same thing. You still have to know where you’re going.”
During the training, participants were taught to use anything at their disposal to survive including barricading entrances with chairs and turning tables into shields.
Lindenwood’s director of public safety and security John Bowman told News 4 that over 400 students, faculty and staff have undergone active shooter training since June.
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