UCF provides classes for students, staff on active shooter training

UCF Emergency Management, UCF police team up for class

ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Central Florida Emergency Management and university police teamed up on Tuesday to provide classes for students and staff on active shooter training.

Students who attended were shown a fictional video of what it could look like inside a classroom in the event someone with a gun wanted to do harm.

Ari Schein with UCF Emergency Management said that the classes started about five years ago, and have trained more than 4,000 students, faculty and staff on campus.

"The relevancy of the class is as current now as ever, if not more so after the Paris attacks and other campus shootings that have taken on in high frequency in recent years," said Schein.

During the class, officials reminded students of some simple tips, such as locking doors and to speak up if they see anything suspicious.

"We should all be informed. We should know what to do, what they want us to do, you know they are the professionals. They are going to tell us things we may not know about," said UCF sophomore Roger Smith.

There were also reminders such as silencing your phone if you are hiding from a shooter, and never assume police know you are a good guy and to always show your hands to authorities when responding to an active shooter.

"There is a way to think when you come into a building, notice the exits, notice what cover and concealment is there. Think ahead of what you would do in the event that something bad happened," said Schein.

University officials stressed that they aren't trying to alarm anyone, but said having a mindset that anything could happen can be the difference between life or death.

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