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Seminar teaches USC faculty safety precautions after last years murder-suicide

USC police teach safety techniques in the case of an active shooter. USC police teach safety techniques in the case of an active shooter.
Glenda Alvarado says you can never be too safe. Glenda Alvarado says you can never be too safe.

By Raven Bouie

One year ago, a University of South Carolina faculty member was shot and killed on campus by his ex-wife before she turned the weapon on herself. The incident prompted the university to develop safety sessions to teach faculty members what to do in the case of a gunman on campus.

USC police officer TJ Geary met with the School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty to discuss what to do if an active shooter situation occurred again. He says it is important to plan out your evacuation route and remain calm. If an active shooter is outside the building, USC police say find a room that can be locked.  Close, lock and barricade all the windows and doors. Turn off the lights and get down to avoid being seen.

Faculty in the session say you can never be too safe.

"You need to know an escape route. You need to have a plan.  If everybody is on the same page, everybody's going to be safe in the long run," assistant professor Glenda Alvarado said. 

The university is preparing for the worst, but hoping to never experience a similar situation ever again.

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