UA students give thoughts on Ohio State knife attack

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Ohio Police continue to investigate the man who used a knife to attack people at Ohio State University on Monday, and students around the country are feeling the effects.

CBS42 talked to students at the University of Alabama on Tuesday about campus security in Tuscaloosa, to see their feelings on the issue

Freshman students Lauren Keough and Alivia Rogers say they feel safe on the UA campus, but they know the attack at Ohio State could have happened anywhere.

“Your heart goes out to those kids because personally I wouldn’t know what to do, besides being scared, and just doing your best to take cover,” Keough said. “But I don’t know if you can really be prepared for something like that.”

On Monday, a man plowed his car into a group of pedestrians at Ohio State University and began stabbing people with a butcher knife before he was shot to death by a police officer. Police said they are investigating whether it was a terrorist attack, as 11 people were hurt, one critically. The attacker was identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

UA student Alivia Rogers says what happened in Ohio should serve as a wake-up call for other large University campuses like the University of Alabama.

“It is really scary thinking we live here every day, and I feel very safe but something like that could happen here just like it did at Ohio State,” Rogers said. “And it makes you think what would you do in that situation.”

In the event of an emergency, the University of Alabama will activate the UA Alerts system, which sends telephone calls, e-mail and text messages simultaneously to the campus community.

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