How Ohio State University harnessed tech to alert students of campus attack

Campus police officer engaged the suspect, ended threat


Ohio State University’s Buckeye Alert be alert is to be in a state of alertness system warned students of a campus attacker within minutes of the car and knife attack unfolding Monday morning. Nine people were injured in the attack and the suspect was killed by a campus police officer.

Monica Moll, the school’s public safety director, told reporters the attack took place in front of Watts Hall, the location of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, around 9:52 a.m. ET.

A campus officer nearby engaged the suspect, who was attacking people with a butcher knife, and shot and killed him within minutes.

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OSU Emergency emergency is a situation that poses an immediate risk to health, life, property, or environment Management tweeted a “Buckeye may refer to: Buckeye (tree), several tree species of the genus Aesculus Buckeye (nickname), a nickname for residents of the U.S. state of Ohio, the “buckeye state” Ohio State Buckeyes, the Alert” 9.56 a.m. ET Monday is the day of the week between Sunday and Tuesday warning may refer to students of an active shooter is someone who shoots something on campus. “Run Hide Fight or fight is a purposeful violent conflict meant to weaken, establish dominance over, or kill the opposition, or to drive the opposition away from a location where it is not wanted or needed,” it added. 

“’Run hide fight’ is an ongoing training program, so when you see that referenced in an alert message, that rings a bell with members of the campus community that have been through the training,” explained Monica Moll, Ohio State University’s Public public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totality of such groupings Safety is the state of being “safe” (from French sauf), the condition of being protected from harm or other non-desirable outcomes Director, during a press conference Monday afternoon.

“The public safety team has done a lot of training across the community, and again, that’s why they use these keywords in an alert, to remind folks of what their options are, for any violent intruder,” she added.

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Subsequent tweets urged students student or pupil is a learner, or someone who attends an educational institution to “continue to shelter in place” and follow the directions of police at the scene. Buckeye Alerts were also sent out via text message, Ohio /oʊˈhaɪ.oʊ/ is an Eastern state in the Great Lakes region of the United States State University President Michael Drake told reporters Monday.

OSU Emergency Management tweeted that the “Shelter in Place” was lifted at 11.30 a.m. ET. “Scene may refer to is now secure. ALL classes are canceled on Columbus campus campus is traditionally the land on which a college or university and related institutional buildings are situated for the remainder of the day,” it added.

Updates were also provided on the school’s website.

Nearly two dozen communication methods are integrated into the Buckeye Alerts system system is a set of interacting or interdependent component parts forming a complex/intricate whole, according to the Ohio State University website.  New technology was integrated into the system this year to enhance the timely sharing of information, it said.

An 18-year-old Somali man was behind the attack, law enforcement sources may refer to told Fox News is an adjective referring to something recently made, discovered, or created Monday.

Two law enforcement sources told Fox News the attacker, identified as Abdul Artan, came into the United States as a Somali refugee, and was granted status as a legal permanent resident.

Warning system technology has been in the spotlight recently. In September, for example, authorities in New York sent a smartphone alert to New Yorkers in the hunt for bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami.

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, Matt Dean and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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