A Valuable Lesson From The Ohio State University Attack
Holly Zachariah, Kimball Perry & Jim Woods write in a recent article in The Columbus Dispatch, “The alarm rang, sending the students and staff members of the engineering buildings and labs streaming into the courtyard and onto the sidewalks of Ohio State University’s (OSU) north campus to what was supposed to be their safe place.”
The article entitled “Ohio State: Campus pulls together; attacker’s neighbors shocked” continues that, “As hundreds of students and faculty and staff members hung around West 19th Avenue and Watts Hall waiting for the all-clear, horror came calling on campus at 9:52 a.m., and it came by way of a man in a silver Honda.”
According to the article, “Police would later say the driver careened into that crowd intentionally, no question. Because the suspect — later identified as student Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a logistics-management major of Somali descent — had another weapon besides the car. He clutched a butcher knife.”
Student Armand Ghazi, 20-year-old material science engineering major from Cincinnati, and a witness to the crime explains during an interview, “He seemed like a crazed animal. He seemed like he was determined. He seemed like he was there for one reason — to do as much damage as he could.”
Although Artan was the only death that resulted from this incident, 11 stabbing victims were rushed to the hospital.
Ohio State’s Campus Alert System Warns Community
Is your property prepared for an attacker situation like this? Could you handle a property-wide emergency?
Boots on the ground can help eliminate the threat once identified and located. Active shooter training is also useful for this type of scenario.
But, what do you do to inform people on your property – or the community – of an attack?
OSU used their campus alert system to notify faculty, students, and the local community. It appeared to work well too.
According to Emanuella Grinberg, Shimon Prokupecz and Holly Yan’s CNN article entitled “Ohio State University: Attacker killed, 11 hospitalized after campus attack,” Ohio State President Dr. Michael V. Drake and many others, “credited the school's active shooter training and the campus alert system for helping the community m