Demand for active shooter classes surges at Boise State

A training class was held at Boise State University.

An active shooter situation is one that none of us ever want to face, but it's always better to be prepared if the unthinkable does happen. That's why Boise State University offers active shooter training courses.

John Kaplan, one of the instructors for the course, says they've offered the classes for years, but with recent events like the shooting at Umpqua Community College and San Bernardino there's been a surge in demand.

"What we're trying to get across here is a way to respond to a difficult event as opposed to just reacting," Kaplan said.

The active shooter class is not for credit, but rather an added one-time class that teaches people to be aware of their surroundings.

"The skill set one would get after leaving this, after being exposed to this material, would work anywhere," Kaplan said.

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If faced with this type of situation would you do the natural instinct and run, hide, or fight? All of this being the basis of the class. However, Kaplan says the most important aspect is learning how to prevent these types of tragedies.

"How to see when someone is going down a wrong path and what one might do to stop it," Kaplan said.

Lola Michaels, a staff member at Boise State, took the class with 60 others on Wednesday. She told KTVB it's something everyone should do.

"We need to not think in catastrophic terms, but more in plan for what may happen and then continue as normal," Michaels said.

Any member of the campus community can reach out to the Department of Public Safety and schedule a time for the class.

Kaplan says in November they plan to partner with the Boise Police Department for an active shooter forum. A class that is not only open to students, faculty, and staff, but the community too. A date has not yet been scheduled for the forum.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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