William Carey professor reacts to Ohio State attack

William Carey professor reacts to Ohio State attack
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The attack at Ohio State university Monday is sparking conversation on how safe college campuses are around the nation.

Walter Cooper, a professor of safety and education at William Carey University, spent some time at Ohio State, and said the school was well prepared against the threat.

"The suspect injured 11 people before he was killed by a police officer. That rampage lasted just under two minutes," Cooper said. "They were quite helpful in terms of helping develop curriculum and instant command systems, and they were intensive in their training of their personnel and I think that's one of the reasons they were able to respond so effectively to that incident yesterday," Cooper said.

Back here in the Pine Belt, Cooper said the university has programs in place just in case something like this were to occur in Hattiesburg.

"One of the things we're trying and suggesting here at William Carey university is see something, say something. If you see something unusual, report it to someone and let them check it out," Cooper said.

It is important for faculty and staff to stay prepared as well. According to Cooper, professors should lock their classroom doors once class starts.

"If you can't evacuate, barricade the doors, and spread out and plan what you're going to do if the perpetrator gets in," Cooper said.