Local authorities in West Liberty, Ohio, credited school staffers with stopping a shooter, The Houston Chronicle reported. Employees of West Liberty-Salem school quickly subdued the 17-year-old student, who injured two students, until police were on the scene. The details of this event illustrate the need for emergency preparedness measures at schools across the nation. One way teachers, principals and administrators can prepare for such an event is by investing in two-way radios.
According to the Dayton Daily News, Ely Serna, armed with a 12-gauge shotgun, shot another student multiple times. The victim, 16-year-old Logan Cole, suffered damage to the spine and lungs, his father told the news. Another student suffered minor injuries.
The first reports of shots fired came at 7:36 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. Once students and staff were notified, those who could fled the school. Others barricaded themselves in classrooms. After the situation was under control and everyone was reported safe, students were evacuated to a nearby park.
"I can't say how pleased I am with how staff and students handled this today," West Liberty-Salem Schools Superintendent Kraig Hissong wrote in a message posted on the school's website, according to The Houston Chronicle.
Responding to on-campus emergencies
The school's ability to respond to the situation quickly and efficiently likely kept other students from getting injured. In an age when incidents like these are increasingly uncommon, staff need to be able to communicate with each other instantly to protect everyone within their buildings. Two-way radios are an affordable option for school districts, which are often underfunded and forced to used old resources. Portable options like the Motorola SL300 provide crystal-clear audio so teachers and administrators can maintain contact in the event of an emergency.