Columbus State University Police Department hosts one of many self-defense pepper spray classes.
On Monday, Sept. 25, Columbus State University’s Sgt. Michael Stewart gave a class of five advice on how to reduce the risks of being alone on campus, walking to cars, and to living areas. Two attendees were CSU professors. The purpose of this class was to inform students on how to stay safe on campus by saving Campus Police’s number, locating their call boxes, computing escape routes and more. He also taught the class a few self-defense techniques.
“We always want to make sure that we educate our students, faculty and staff about personal safety,” says Sgt. Stewart. “We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to make sure that we service the needs of our community.” The sergeant has been working in Law Enforcement for 18 years and half of those years with CSU. This was not the first class that he taught this semester, and he confirms that there will be another meeting where all the advice not included in this article will be taught.
Sarah Carney, Freshman, commented, “I thoroughly enjoyed the way he kept us involved!” During most of the class, attendees were on their feet learning self-defense techniques. “It was very informative and very useful!” says Frances, a student who attended the class on Monday.
At the end of each class, Sgt. Stewart gave each person a canister of pepper-spray with basic instructions on how to use it. As previously stated, there will be more self-defense pepper spray classes, where knowledge of safety habits and pepper-spray canisters will be distributed. Attend the next class on October 24th at noon in Davidson Student Center Room 208.
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