Safety video prepares students for school shootings

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Catherine Griwkowsky, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

EDMONTON - Should shots from an assailant ring out again at an Alberta campus, students and staff will have a better idea of what to do.

Post-secondary students have a new safety video created with the educational institutions and police on how to react to an active shooter.

The video, called ‘Shooter On Campus: Know You Can Survive,’ instructs students to run out of the building, hide, or as a last resort, attack the shooter.

“It is extremely unlikely that any member of our communities will get caught in an active shooter situation,” said Philip Stack, the associate vice precedent of risk management at the University of Alberta.

“But we need to recognize that unthinkable things like this can happen anywhere.”

The video was made in response to school shootings in the U.S. and Canada, including the June 2012 triple homicide in HUB Mall at the University of Alberta. Three armoured car security guards were shot in the head by their co-worker during a routine circuit replenishing money in city ATMs. A fourth man was also shot, but has since partially recovered. Travis Baumgartner was given a life sentence with no chance of parol for 40 years for the killings.


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