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UH-Manoa offers 'active shooter' training to students, staff

MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The University of Hawaii at Manoa will offer free "active shooter" training next month to students, faculty and staff.

The training was planned months ago, but comes as the nation is still reeling from Oregon's Umpqua Community College shooting on Oct. 1, which killed nine.

UH-Manoa student Joey Brown said it's "absolutely crazy" that students have to be worried about a shooter on campus. 

"You have to ask the question, when are these things going to stop?" he said.

Another student, Taylor Tanahashi, agreed, "I think that's something that's really concerning. To know that that's what I have to wake up and worry about and go to class with."

The university, though, says the seminars are aimed at alleviating concerns and empowering people.

"It educates about active shooter situations. It reduces the likelihood of victimization. It tells people how to behave when law enforcement arrives," said UH spokeswoman Kelli Abe Trifonovitch.

The two-hour sessions kick off next month, and are modeled after nationally-recognized programs.

So far, Trifonovitch said, response has been positive.

Brown said while it's concerning that students have to be concerned about such issues, he does think the training is a good idea.

"I think it's good the university is taking steps, like hey, hopefully we can help just a little bit," he said.

For more information, contact UH-Manoa's Department of Public Safety at 956-9293 or visit http://manoa.hawaii.edu/dps/activeshooter.html.

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