Fighting For Safety By Rebekah Yoder

• Ohio State University attacked effect Liberty students

• Students think twice about safety at Liberty

• “Run Hide Fight” video made students have confidence in LUPD

• Room for improvement with safety precautions

After the attack at Ohio State University Monday November 28, Liberty University students have questioned their own safety.

Students gathered in prayer for Ohio State during convocation that Monday morning. Nicole Sandzo, sophomore at Liberty University, said in response to the Ohio State attack that she felt like she was personally being attacked. Sandzo went on to say that the layout of both universities is so similar that it can make one think twice.

“If it can happen at OSU why can’t it happen at Liberty?” Sandzo said.

“I feel safe on our campus,” Sandzo said. “But the attack opens my eyes to realize we may not be as safe as we think.”

The Liberty University campus has put many new practices in to make sure the students, staff and faculty are safe during emergency situations. At the beginning of the fall 2016 semester, the university debuted a safety video entitled “Run Hide Fight." The video describes what patrons on campus should do if there is ever an active shooter situation.

“People felt more confident in our police,” Sandzo said, referring to the “Run Hide Fight” video.

Although the safety precautions have increased, Sandzo thinks there is still room for improvement. Sandzo said the text messaging alert system isn’t necessarily enough to get the word out about an active shooter. The sophomore suggests that the intercom speaker system be activated so everyone on campus can hear about the assailant at the same time.

According to Sandzo, procedures and policies should be more available to students through newsletters, articles in the school newspaper and even magnets to put on dorm refrigerators.

Even though there is room for improvement, Sandzo feels safe and confident in the Liberty University Police Department.

“Liberty tries to make sure we’re safe no matter what,” Sandzo said.

Broadcast Script

After the attack at Ohio State University Monday/ Liberty University student/ Nicole Sandzo/ sees room for improvement in Liberty’s safety policies and procedures// Sandzo says she feels that procedures and policies should more available for students to see and hear about on a regular basis/ such as convocation and campus newsletters// Although there is still work to be done the student says she feels confident in LUPD as well as safe on campus//

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