• Johannes Becht

Active shooter alert at SWOSU: Dangerous situation, responsible behavior

Updated: May 11

Hiding students in the cafeteria. Photo: Johannes Becht.
Hiding students in the cafeteria. Photo: Johannes Becht.

An editorial by Johannes Becht

News Editor

Active shooter at SWOSU - not only a few students who received that text message on Tuesday afternoon, 5:36 p.m., inevitably had to think about past mass shootings in the United States: in Las Vegas, in an Orlando nightclub, in churches, in schools.

It's no shame to go crazy in such a situation. It's no shame to freak out.

But it didn't happen.

I was one of the students who were in the cafeteria. And believe me - seeing literally every student in the room looking at their phones at the same time and simultaneously getting up is scary. The moment you realize that something is not right. It is a non-describable feeling. I realized how easy it would be to lose control in such a situation.

Following the 40-minutes lockdown, I spoke with students and campus authorities, such as Jamie Thomas, supervisor in the cafeteria, or Radonna Sawatzky, Director of Food Services. They all were excited about how fast everybody responded and how quickly they were able to secure the building and the students.

I can only confirm that. Within seconds most students had gotten up and moved towards the back area of the cafeteria. They remained calm throughout the whole lockdown, as well as the employees did.

In the end, it is highly probable that there was no real threat to any of us. By the time the SWOSUalert was sent, the situation was likely already under control (police was called 13 minutes earlier). But SWOSU took precaution, and we all did show on that day that we are indeed prepared for future incidents.

We all can be proud of ourselves!

Read more about the case:

>>>SWOSU lockdown: Two people shot at Campus North

>>>Shooting at Campus North: SWOSU athlete arrested

>>>Court records show what happened during Campus North shooting

>>>Trial for Campus North shooter Kingsley Ehiemua? Court decides in June - He is currently out on bond

>>>Lockdown: Why did SWOSUalert reach students 13 minutes too late?

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Editor's note: Readers are reminded that information in this article supported by an affidavit of probable cause is merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and that there is only probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. The suspect is presumed innocent throughout the proceedings. The State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.

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