Training at QU for an Active Shooter Scenario
In the Hall of Frame room, at Quincy University campus, Sgt. Bryan Dusch and Director of Security Sam Lathrop shared information and demonstrated how a school and a community should respond to an intruder or active shooter on campus.
Quincy Police Sgt. Bryan Dusch started the presentation.
“I`m very glad about the turnout, glad that you guys take safety seriously,” Sgt. Dusch said.
A large group of people attended the presentation, with 5 rows full of students and staff.
Sgt. Bryan Dusch shared what the most important things are if an active shooter is on campus. He said students and staff need to remember to run, hide, and fight.
“That is the meat and potatoes of the presentation, so remember those three things” Dusch said.
Run if you can and if you’re not near the active shooter or area of the active shooter. Hide which could make the attacker go to the next classroom or area because they think no one is in that area. And fight if the shooter is in your classroom or area and use or throw anything to distract the shooter and take them down.
Sam Lathrop, director of security at Quincy University, started off by informing everyone how uncomfortable the presentation was going to make them.
“The odds of an active shooting occurring on Quincy`s campus are low,” Lathrop said, “know your exits and pay attention everywhere.”
The presentation lasted an hour and a half. Participants watched a four minute demonstration video of an active shooter on campus and learned how to react.
“The video stood out to me throughout the presentation because I think it put into people minds of what we should do about it and not just in your mind, but visually and learn from it,” Joanna Jimenez said.
A Study done by the FBI in 2014 discovered that a mass shooting will last for 2 minutes or less.
“Twenty percent of people are paralyzed during the situation, 60 percent take a leadership roll, and 20 percent will step up and take action,” Lathrop said.
“In an active shooter situation someone dies every 15 seconds,” Sgt. Dusch stated.
“What stood out to me the most was how quick it could happen and the little time you have to react,” Will Shriver said.
A mass shooting can happen anywhere and anytime, which is why authorities say these informative presentations should be taken seriously.
“I felt like the presentation was good and I learned from it,” Shriver said.