Lost in all the chaos at Ohio State University today was something that most people probably missed.
About an hour into it, when everyone was “sheltering in place” all over campus, CNN took a phone call from a young woman who was locked inside a classroom right near where the suspect was hurting people. She said she was a graduate student and she and many others were huddled together scared and not sure what was happening outside. Then she said something made me tear up.
She said casually to the TV anchor over the phone, “But we happened to have a few ‘military guys’ in my class and the minute we got the text message alert of an ‘active shooter on campus’ they moved the rest of us away from the door and then all of them stood guard right by the door.” She said they were standing there as she spoke making certain if a shooter or someone with a knife or whatever calamity tried to come through that door, they would be the first thing he’d see and they’d stop it and protect the other students or die trying.
These guys weren’t armed, I’m guessing they weren’t in uniform, they were just students who happened to have military training. Those “military guys” instantly put themselves on the clock and assumed the position to protect those unarmed, vulnerable students.
I thought that was impressive. I thought that was brave. I thought that was oh so very American.
Here is the interview of the student John Gray references in his comments above:
— CNN (@CNN) November 28, 2016
How many of these “safe spaces” snowflakes on college campuses today, who burn and desecrate our American flag because they feel they are “oppressed,” or have been addressed by the wrong pronoun would put themselves between a terrorist and a room full of total strangers?
Never forget the selfless sacrifices these men and women have made and are willing to make on our behalf.