Ohio State Attack Mitigated by Social Media Coverage
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As quickly as the attack came and went (a couple minutes), OSU police found time to share a warning on social media. Officials issued a slew of tweets warning students of the attack, outlining areas to avoid, and advising keeping them abreast of goings-on.
Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
Buckeye Alert: Continue to shelter in place. Avoid area of College. More information to follow.— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
UPDATE 1/2 : Shelter in Place lifted. Scene is now secure. ALL classes are canceled on Columbus campus for the remainder of the day.— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
UPDATE 2/2: Area around 19th & College Ave. is closed. List of buildings closed and additional information at https://t.co/u4Ls7QUyyW— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
UPDATE: All classes on the Columbus campus will resume normal schedule as of Tuesday, November 29th.— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
The first warning, tweeted at 6:56, advised readers to "run, hide, fight." The run, hide, fight safety protocol advises those threatened by an armed, dangerous predator to evacuate the endangered area if possible, quietly and quickly hide in a safe place, and fight if your life is in danger, using ordinary objects to take the predator out of action. This video on YouTube expands upon the concept while this article debates it.
The Associated Press confirmed Artan's death on Twitter.
Ohio State University spokesman says a suspect in attack on campus has been shot and killed. https://t.co/UOaMQERw5C— The Associated Press (@AP) November 28, 2016
Student-run The Lantern tweeted that there was "at least one body bag" on the scene.
Artan's attack was mitigated by social media involvement. Updates were shared in real time and his antics cataloged "as students, the school, media members, and witnesses used technology to get their message to the appropriate people," said The Wrap.
Hmm, looks like they tried resuscitation on the Ohio State University shooter. Cut open the pants and everything. pic.twitter.com/o9IsyZfiDR— Place De La Bastille (@PlacedeBastille) November 28, 2016
PHOTO: Students barricade door to classroom amid incident at Ohio State University. https://t.co/KGuP6ey7OI pic.twitter.com/RFWdypDjCt— ABC News (@ABC) November 28, 2016
According to The Wrap, news outlets used Periscope and Facebook Live to broadcast from the campus.
Cops putting up tape, wearing vests and grabbing their guns pic.twitter.com/dVmztKBeq6— Anthony Falzarano (@_falzarano) November 28, 2016
The efficiency of social media coverage in the Ohio State attack perfectly demonstrates the ideal use of social media. Almost immediately after transpiring, the attack was given varied and thorough coverage; from live-streams to update tweets, the country watched the aftermath of the attack with baited breath. Footage of the scene offered viewers an on-the-ground, live experience. This is only one of many instances in which live-streaming can benefit the greater good. Quickly sharing the details of an attack can keep potential victims out of danger, alert families to happenings, and effectively spread news on a global scale.
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