UKPD offers active shooter preparedness course

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The University of Kentucky Police Department held an active shooter preparedness course on campus Wednesday.

There were only a few people at the course but Megan Blackford says she wouldn’t have missed it for anything.

“With everything that’s been going on especially on u-k’s campus with the whole bomb threat stuff I just want to make sure I’m fully equipped if something were to happen,” said Blackford, a UK student.

Blackford says most of her classes are in White Hall, so when threats started circulating on social media earlier this month she started to panic.

“I mean the bomb threats were very mean and aggressive so it sounded like it was the real deal so I know a lot of my friends and I didn’t go to class just to take safe precaution on getting away and staying away,” said Blackford.

After that scare Blackford says she decided she wanted to be more prepared in case something like that happens again.

So she came to the active shooter course.

During the course people learn what to do and what not to do in the case of an active shooter and whether or not to run, hide or fight.

After sitting through the hour-long course, Blackford says she learned a lot and feels like she made the right choice when it came to those UK threats.

“I probably still wouldn’t have gone to class but if I was in class and I did hear that there was bomb threats I would have gotten out as soon as possible,” said Blackford.

This preparedness course is offered by UK police monthly and is something Blackford says more students should attend.

“Because I feel like this just keeps increasing and keeps happening. You know active shooters all over the place, college campuses, elementary schools. I think it would be good if everyone was as informed as they could be,” said Blackford.

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