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Universities review security protocol after OSU attack

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There is little information known about the suspect in the Ohio State University attack, but people believe his intent was clear.

At least nine people were hospitalized after a car rammed into a group of pedestrians and the driver then attacked them with a butcher knife on the college campus. The attacker, an 18-year-old man of Somali descent, was shot and killed by a responding officer shortly thereafter.

Attacks like this on college campuses appear to be increasing over recent years. It's causing universities to respond with plans on how to keep its students safe.

"A few seconds could mean the difference between life and death," Frankenmuth Police Sgt. James McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin has trained with his federal, state, county and local counterparts to prepare for those situations.

He said there are a few things to know that could save seconds and possibly a life. He said being aware of your surroundings is key. Know where the nearest exits are.

"Have your hands in the air. It's going to show us you're not one of them," McLaughlin said.

If you can't get away, he said you should barricade yourself in a room.

"Once you get inside a room you can always pile up tables and chairs, whatever you have up against that door," McLaughlin said.

Officials at Saginaw Valley State University watched the events at OSU unfold and took stock of their own security protocol.

"Our university police are regularly going through training exercises and other scenarios to make sure we are prepared in the event something like that were to happen at SVSU," university spokesperson J.J. Boehm said.

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