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IU Emergency Drill Simulates Active Shooter On Campus

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    Photo: Bill Shaw (WTIU)

    An IU police officer responds to the realistic drill of an active shooter on campus.

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    Photo: Bill Shaw (WTIU)

    A volunteer actor gets makeup to simulate a gunshot wound in order to make the drill more realistic.

In the wake of recent campus shootings at Florida State University and Purdue University, Indiana University held an exercise for the first time to simulate the event of a shooter on campus.

Parts of campus were blocked off, a building was shut down and two police departments responded to a drill meant to prepare the campus in case of an armed individual.

About 150 people were involved in the drill including university police, Bloomington police and fire departments, and IU emergency management.

IU emergency management director Debbi Fletcher says planners looked to past events, like what happened at Purdue, to plan the drill.

“We learned a lot from Purdue, we’ve learned a lot from Florida State, Virginia tech, all of those folks…we’re always trying to increase our abilities and capabilities to handle something like this,” Fletcher says.

The drills are meant to be as realistic as possible, which is why it was held over Thanksgiving break when students are not on campus.

Fletcher says the drill exposed some weaknesses in internal communications to students and staff. They are also working on how to set up a family reunification area and how to manage the media in these sort of events.

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  • lastcamp2

    Please explain what the term “active shooter” is supposed to mean. Is that to distinguish it from a “passive shooter?”
    I guess it adds the drama of things, as if the whole matter were not dramatic enough.

  • Eric Bolstridge

    A gunman who simply tagets an individual or group, shoots them, then flees is not an active shooter. An active shooter is an individual who is continuing to shoot and kill, usually indiscreminantly, ongoing after their primary target has been shot.

    The difference in response by police is “we are searching for a guy who shot people” vs “quick, we have to hurry up because there’s a guy shooting people” which is why there’s a need for a different training scenerio.

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