By Camryn Spencer
Trojan Tempo Staff Writer
TROY — The Ohio State University has been big in national news with a close win over Michigan on the football field last Saturday, but Monday school continued in the news in a much more negative way. On Monday, the school suffered an attack that left 11 students hospitalized, one in critical condition, and the 18 year-old student suspect dead.
This violent attack hit home at Troy because previous THS students are attending the university and were present during the unraveling of the events.
“I stayed in my house during the attack. It was happening on the north end of campus, and I live off of the southern side, close to the medical center. The screams of the sirens were unreal as ambulances and police cruisers zoomed by,” said Emily Royer, a senior at OSU and a 2013 Troy graduate. “My friends that were already on campus were put on lockdown, and had to stay in their classrooms and buildings, until the situation was contained and better understood.”
The 18 year-old student, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, was shot and pronounced dead shortly after running his car into a group of pedestrians and proceeded to stab and injure people. Officer Alan Horuijko stopped the attack within a minute, potentially saving many lives of the staff and students on campus. The attack even had Michigan set aside the rivalry with a Facebook update from their athletic department saying, “Stay safe, Buckeyes.”
No THS alumni were injured during the violent attacks, but still were in students’ minds as new information and updates were given to students, faculty, and the public. Which raises the question, what would THS do in a similar violent situation?
“We would have a similar plan as to what happened at Ohio State. The difference is, the students at the university are adults and students are still kids,” said Troy Police Deparmtner School Resource Officer Brandon Fellers. “We have staff trained and ready for if and when a situation like OSU’s arises and have set procedures to reduce an attack possibility.”
With the attack resulting in an FBI investigation, Buckeyes continue with regular classes and activities on campus.
Camryn Spencer is a sophomore at Troy High School and a long time Ohio State football fan. A few close friends and acquaintances attend the university and were safe during the attack. She prays that we can overcome attacks like these and prays for peace.