Like many other schools across the country, UToledo is using a “Run, Hide, Fight” protocol, the same one used by Michigan State University during Monday’s mass shooting.
TOLEDO, Ohio – Three students were killed – Brian Frazier, Alexandria Werner and Arielle Diamond Anderson – and five were seriously injured in the incident mass shooting at michigan state university Monday night in East Lansing, Michigan.
Anthony McRae, 43, is responsible for the shooting, but his motive remains unknown, police said. He had a prior gun violation and was not known to be connected to the school or any of the students he shot. He fatally shot himself a few miles from the MSU campus during a standoff with police after a three-hour manhunt.
The shockwaves felt by the shooter come after dozens of others have been killed in mass shootings across the US
His influence can also be felt at the University of Toledo. Like many other schools across the country, UToledo uses a “Run, Hide, Fight” protocol, the same one MSU uses.
Officers are trained to respond immediately, and students and faculty are instructed to run and take cover from harm. And if they must, fight.
Some UToledo students say the protocol may not be enough, as the fear of such a situation is palpable. Caitlin Schneider, a senior at UToledo, said the MSU shooting completely changed the context of walking around campus.
Schneider was walking to her car late Monday night on the UToledo campus. The shooting at MSU began around 8:30 p.m
“I could have been outside at the same time it happened, and it’s horrible,” Schneider said.
Jeff Newton, UToledo’s vice president of public safety, said preparing for a campus shooting is a daily task, a tragic byproduct of what Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called “a uniquely American problem.”
Newton said he is confident in UToledo’s security plan, which has two elements: how area police departments are trained to respond and how students and faculty on campus are trained to respond.
“You want a police department that can respond quickly and effectively and a community that can be safe, buy time and take steps to help them survive an active shooter situation,” Newton said.
Despite ideas for the shooting, the fears of some UTalde students at UTaleda have not subsided.
“I feel like Toledo really lacks security here on campus,” Schneider said. “You see the police drive by, but you never see them walking.”
Another UToledo student said she did not know how to contact the UToledo Police Department.
Schneider and UToledo sophomore Eva Rowley said preventative solutions to mass shootings have become the talk of the day on campus.
Rowley suggested some form of security screening when entering campus.
Schneider suggested security guards or police walk the campus “instead of driving around the perimeter of the campus in their vehicles.”
However, Newton said that as a public university, UToledo’s open-access environment is part of the deal, so gates and additional security are unlikely. But he said the administration and UToledo police are always looking for additional security measures to keep students safe.
WTOL 11 also reached out to Bowling Green State University to find out how its students are preparing for the shoot. BGSU Director of Safety Michael Campbell said the school uses a protocol similar to Run, Hide, Fight: ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.
In an active shooter situation, a message is sent to all students and faculty as soon as a threat is identified, instructing them to lock down and barricade classrooms while a response team is mobilized to neutralize the threat as quickly as possible.
Once the all-clear is given, students and faculty will be able to proceed to pre-planned safety locations off campus.
Like Run, Hide, Fight, ALICE is used on many US college campuses as well as in many K-12 schools.
Campbell said BGSU students watch a video reinforcing the program at least once a year.
He also encourages the public to stay active, so hopefully active shooter protocols will never have to be used in real-world situations.
“If anyone in our community recognizes or sees things that may cause concern or suspicion, I always encourage them to contact us,” Campbell said. “Or, if they don’t want to contact us directly, at least contact the university in the hope that we can take steps to mitigate or monitor the situation.”