A Michigan State student “felt like a hostage” as her campus was put into lockdown during an active shooter situation. Isabella Martin described the fear of not knowing whether her friends were safe while a killer roamed the campus.
“I felt like a hostage in my own home: looking out the window, ducking, turning off the lights, scared when a car drove by because the campus was on lockdown. There’s no words to describe the feelings that I and my friends felt tonight. Nobody should ever feel this way or be in a situation like this,” she said in a video posted to Twitter.
The campus was put into lockdown as the shooter roamed. Students sheltered in place in the dark for hours while phone batteries ran low, limiting information.
Ms Martin described police coming into her friend’s classroom telling her to “hide and run”. She began to believe her friend had been hurt as communication was cut off.
She continued: “One of my friends who was taking an exam and the police marched in the room and said to her and her fellow classmates that they needed to hide and run because there was an active shooter.
“She ran and she was without her phone, her computer, her personal items for hours. The fear that myself and my roommates felt in that moment – indescribable.
“We felt that our friend was hurt or injured. We didn’t know if she was alive even. It wasn’t until she got one of her classmates phones and contacted us through social media that we knew she was OK. When is enough enough. This situation should never have happened today.”
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