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UHV Holds Active Shooting Training Presentation

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The Student Government Association at UHV represents the whole student body, and when students asked for more information on how to deal with active shooters on campus, SGA responded. 

Now that classes are back in full swing, so are the threats on school campuses. SGA took an initiative to get more information out on how to deal with active shooters.

Audio recordings from the Columbine school shooting played as UHV students took a listen at VPD's active shooting presentation.

“We can talk to this until we’re blue in the face talk about different tactics to use but having the 911 tapes, having the videos, to hammer home the message-that brings the reality to it” says Officer Turner.

VPD Crime Prevention paired up with SGA to bring students this information after pinpointing active shooters as a major concern last semester

"I think it was a general concern, because we saw it happening more and more often, and then students are just being more and more alarmed because it affected them in every type of level. So they wanted to make sure it didn't happen to them." says Demi Lee Ibarra, a UHV student.

As a fairly new campus, UHV students want to make sure a plan is in place should an incident like this ever occur

“We reached out to school security and an email was sent out saying “hey this is what you can do..." but we just didn't think it was enough. We didn't think an email would be enough...” adds Ibarra.

Step by step through past active shoot instances, Officer Turner adds that although there are similarities in these tragedies, there is no definite answer on how to prevent one.

“We see time and time again that this is a a part of the world we live in, we may not like it, but we don't have any choice in the matter. So it’s better to be prepared then find yourself in a situation with not option.” says Officer Turner.

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