Like most Ohio State students, Molly Clarke was worried when she received a text message alert telling her there was an active shooter on campus. Clarke, a graduate student in the business school, noted that the text alert insisted on running or hiding. But a group of servicemen in her business class did the exact opposite.
When the message was sent out, those servicemen — about 10 members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps — went out into the hallway and guarded the stairwell and elevator doors to prevent anyone from getting to their floor. Bobby Fair, a former Marine studying at OSU, told Fox News that when he received the Monday morning alert, his muscle memory from training kicked in.
"I was just really impressed by their humbleness and taking action without saying anything or making anyone aware of what they were doing," Clarke told A Plus. "I really respect them just for protecting our class."
Clarke and her classmates were not far from the action. They could actually see the SWAT team surrounding a garage across the street from their third-floor window. As we now know, the prime suspect was not actually an active shooter but instead, a student at Ohio State University who rammed a relative's car into a group of students before attacking several others with a butcher knife.
ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack, though authorities are unsure if there is actually any connection.
"The military often doesn't get good press," Clarke said. "This is really great to see that there are good people there."
Clarke, who is in her third year of graduate school, said she has family in the Navy, Army and Air Force. She actually gave a live interview on CNN during the attack.
In the past, similar alerts have usually ended in all clears or false alarms. But this time it became apparent the threat was real. Clarke said that some students who weren't service members also helped guard the door. Once the classes were let out, some students couldn't even get to their cars which were in the parking garage surrounding by the SWAT team.
Clarke noted that the fear is still fresh, but things seem like they're getting back to normal on campus.