by Aaron Santini
edited by Kelsey Hausman
An active shooter workshop was held in Spagnuolo Hall at Franklin Pierce University on March 7.
The event was hosted by the Student Government Association, the Safety Committee, Campus Safety and the Rindge Police Department.
The workshop covered how to respond to a shooter on campus. The focal point was discussing the three steps that students should take: hide, run, and fight.
One of the SGA representatives at the event, class of 2020 secretary Joseph Piana, said, “I think it’s important to be prepared for that kind of event. It could happen anywhere at any time.”
At the event, the participants watched a YouTube video titled Surviving an Active Shooter, which talked about what one should do in such a situation, and how to react to being in a classroom where one is unable to leave or run.
A Rindge police officer in attendance said that although it’s very unlikely for it to happen on a small campus like this one, he still wants everyone to be aware of their surroundings.
“It was a great experience to be able to go to a training like this, especially when it didn’t even cross my mind that it could happen at any time, anywhere. It was interesting to see it from a perspective of someone who’s seen these events and what to look for in unknown situations, and places,” said freshman Amber Wilcoxson.
The officer advised students to always be aware of their surroundings and know where to find exits, whether a window or a door. He said when he’s in an unfamiliar place, he looks around his surrounding, it’s now more of a habit after doing it for so long.
At the end of the event, freshman Matthew Maher said, “I think it’s a good thing to do because it prepares you for uncomfortable situations.”