KENT, Ohio– Flashing lights, lots of police and loud sirens; that was the scene at Kent State University Wednesday night.
“It was very nerve-racking. You never think that something like this is going to happen to you. I was calling my parents and was like I have no idea what was going on right now,” said freshman, Sarah Rossignol.
Police were called out to campus after reports of a shot fired. The campus immediately went into lockdown. Students were told to stay in the dorms and classrooms were barricaded. Alerts were also sent out to notify everyone of the situation.
“If you were in a building you knew what was going on. If you were outside walking, people would pull you into buildings telling you you were going to stay there until everything’s done, doesn’t matter what you have going on; it can wait for a minute,” said Joshua Lewis who is a sophomore at Kent State.
Police said a student discharged a gun.
Kent State Police Chief John Peach said he’s proud of how students, staff and police handled everything.
“This is overwhelmingly more successful than we could have ever hoped in a scenario like this,” he said at a press conference Thursday morning.
Chief Peach said while the security protocol was followed, there were other issues. Speakers in a few of the buildings didn’t work.
“We made note of those speakers that had difficulties and we respond to them. The protocol is extremely good and really effective, but the equipment or something we’re going to have to continue monitor, upgrade and improve and fix when necessary,” the chief said.
For the most part, students said they’re pleased with the way police responded.
“They told us to stay calm and seek shelter and everything so we did and it seems like they took care of it. They took a little bit, but they got it taken care of, so I think they did a good job,” said freshman Connor Mingus.
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