Alert Active Military Students Protect Their Classmates During The OSU Terrorist Attack

Most everyone knows about the terrorist attack at Ohio State University (OSU) campus by Abdul Razak Ali Artan on November, 28, 2016. He began his atrocity by plowing his car into a group of students. He then got and began stabbing everyone he could reach with a butcher knife. But many did not hear about some alert active military students who ran to the doors of the classrooms to protect their fellow students from harm.

One of those OSU students was a member of the U.S. Army. He reported,

A group of veterans and a couple people not even affiliated with the military just started taking an active approach to keeping people consolidated in one classroom.”

He released his name as Dan D. because he didn’t want to distinguish himself from all of the other members of the military and a few civilians who joined him in his actions.

Task & Purpose reported:

Dan is one of more than a dozen veterans, active-duty service members, and civilian students who kept an eye on the hallways, locked the doors, and took positions at entry and choke points, like stairwells, and elevators in their building while the campus was on lockdown.

We were basically just putting ourselves in positions to reassure our classmates that if anyone was going to come for them, they had to come through us. If anyone came into the building, we’d be the first people they ran into.”

Dan also noted:

The news makes it seem like we were building defenses, it was really just us taking more of a passive security posture. I think some people were a little scared, a lot of the college kids don’t deal with this kind of stuff on a daily basis. I think the veterans had a calmer demeanor about it, and I think that assured them.”

Molly Clarke, one OSU student related her story:

We have quite a few military men in our class, who are actually all standing by the doors, keeping us safe. I’m feeling pretty good about that.”

Members of our military are not afraid to stand tall and do the right thing whenever or wherever they may be; and not just during active duty on a ship, post, or base.

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Note: Army veteran and Albany police officer Zee Kitonyi offers eight life-saving tips  for active-shooter scenarios.

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Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]