WKU Producing Video to Help Students, Employees Survive Active Shooter Situations
Western Kentucky University is filming a video aimed at helping students and employees handle active shooter situations.
The video will include scenes of university police entering a building as if a shooting had taken place inside. Filming will begin Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at the Mass Media and Technology Hall.
The video is based on a training program created by the city of Houston called, Run, Fight, Hide.
"The basic premise is, in a situation like that, is if you can run and put distance between you and the shooter--safely do so, “said WKU Media Relations Director Bob Skipper. “If you can't, you hide and barricade yourself in. And if all else fails, then you take a stand and try to fight."
Skipper says WKU students and workers have asked for more information on how to handle violent encounters following several high-profile mass shootings in the U.S.
"We feel that by being proactive and offering this training, then we give our community a better chance of surviving should anything like this ever happen. The odds of something happening aren't great, but we feel like we need to offer this training so that they can be prepared."
Skipper says the video can be accessed online once it’s finished. The school hopes to have it ready by the end of February.