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February 28, 2008

Albany -- Albany State University Police say the number attacks on college campuses across the nation worries them. University leaders held a training session for their faculty and students to show them what to do in case of an active shooter.  

With more than three dozen ASU students and faculty in a conference room, two men in dark clothes burst in and started shooting. It was just a demonstration, but only one person ran, and only a couple got down. Everyone else did exactly what Police say is wrong in a shooting.

"One thing you don't want to do is stand up, and look to see in curiosity. Curiosity killed the cat. We want you to hit the floor, or run for cover," said Albany State Police Chief Roberson Brown.

A.S.U. Police say the most frightening part to the violence being seen more frequently at America's Universities is the killer is suicidal.   "Because the bad guy has made up in his mind he is going to die today, I want faculty, staff, and students make up their minds they are going to survive today," Chief Brown said.

The students and teachers were told that for the first few minutes of an attack, before police can arrive, they would be on their own, and need to plan ahead in order to survive. At the sound of shots, get down. Know the buildings you are in, the best escape routes. If you can't escape, play dead, hide, anything to not make yourself a target. If the attacker is not in your classroom, stay there,  call Police, lock the door, place a heavy object against the door. Turn off the lights, close window blinds, get on the floor, be quiet, seek protective cover.

"Never think something could happen at your school. But in the event it does you want to be sure that you have the right information," said Albany State Faculty Member Geraldine Winns.

"It's possible, so to be informed is good, so that's why I am here," Student Donnie Wooten said. The instructors also pointed out that most of the campus attackers were angry about the university or people mistreating them, so they urged students and faculty to treat everyone with respect, and to report people they think are having anger problems. 

Albany State University Police have been working with all law enforcement agencies in Dougherty County for nearly a year to prepare an emergency response plan in case of a violent attack on any of the three college campuses in Albany.    

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