CLEARWATER, Fla. (WTSP) – At the initial outbreak of the attack on The Ohio State University’s campus in Columbus, Ohio, the school’s Emergency Management tweeted the instructions “Run Hide Fight." But sometimes the proper response is more than just a slogan.
“Words aren’t a plan, action steps are so when someone says ‘run, hide, fight,' well, of course, I want to run, of course, I want to fight, of course, I want to hide, but how do I do these?” said Chris Sutton, executive director of C.O.B.R.A. Self Defense Systems, which has been teaching active shooter training for more than 10 years.
“We have to train people to be their own first responder and not just memorize three words,” said Sutton. “You have a step-by-step plan from exit awareness all the way to how to properly engage because that’s your last line of defense. When you have no other options, what else are you going to do?”
Sutton’s plan was taken straight from his experience in martial arts and law enforcement, and he’s taught it to everyone from children to people in the 70s and 80s.
“You have to take action and get training,” added Sutton. “Training saves lives. Period.”