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Auburn University hosts large-scale active shooter response training

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AUBURN, Ala. -

Well over 1000 Auburn students were in attendance for the university's active shooter response training Monday night. The session helped them learn how to react in case of an emergency.

The Auburn University public safety department has been hosting active shooter training sessions for a year and a half, using incidents like Virginia Tech and Columbine as references to worst-case scenarios on campus.

Before, the classes consisted of a few students, faculty and staff members. In the wake of the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, this was the first large scale session, targeting the whole student body.

Emergency manager Chase Corbett says, "The options that we give are as easy as running out of the area, getting away as soon as possible. If you have to lock down, doing more than just locking the door, actually barricading it down and doing things to prevent the person from entering, and as a last resort don't just give up, fight back."

Auburn's official policy is "A.L.I.C.E." which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Confront and Evacuate. They aren't so much steps as alternatives to simply hiding from an attacker.

While the public safety department takes pride in having a safe campus, Corbett says you never know what could happen. "I think we're a lot better prepared than we ever have been," he says, "but if we get one person trained or prepared, and they happen to be in that room when something happens, they can step up and lead everybody."

Kristen Sims says she feels better prepared after the two-hour session, and hopes to be ready to respond in case of emergency.

"I like to think that my first reaction would be to just go after someone who is coming after me," says Sims, "but I think I would probably hide, not now, but initially I would have."

Some laughed at the interactions and videos, while others left early for class, but many agree they learned something.

If you missed the session, you can watch Auburn's YouTube video on active shooter responses. See it here.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.

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