Speaking with CNN after the suspected terror attack Monday at Ohio State University by Somali refugee Abdul Razak Ali Artan, student Molly Clarke revealed an amazing fact about the military students who were present in her classroom when the attack began.
“We have quite a few military men in our class, who are actually all standing by the doors, keeping us safe,” she said. “I’m feeling pretty good about that.”
While terror attacks usually spur people into running for their lives, this one inspired a few brave souls to instead team up to protect their peers.
Listen to Clarke below:
— CNN (@CNN) November 28, 2016
The military students Clarke mentioned were likely part of the school’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, a college-based program for commissioning officers in the United States armed forces. According to Dave Claborn, director of development and community relations at the school’s Marion branch, there are quite a few ROTC members on OSU’s Columbus campus.
“I met one student (Monday) who is in ROTC, so he goes to Columbus to the ROTC building,” he told The Marion Star. “We have a number of students who take classes here and classes (in Columbus). There’s a fair amount of that.”
Keep in mind that these military students could have conceivably lost their lives had Artan reached them, as the attacker had been armed with a knife.
“He pulled a large knife and started chasing people around, trying to attack them,” student Jacob Bower told CNN. “Luckily there were so many people, he couldn’t focus on one target.”
In a tweet published to Twitter after the story about the presumed ROTC students went viral, a disabled war veteran explained exactly why they did what they did.
“It’s what we do,” he wrote. “What most people take for as a right is truly made by sacrifice. I love my brothers and sisters. Best family ever.”
@CNN It’s what we do. What most people take for as a right is truly made by sacrifice. I love my brothers and sisters. Best family ever.
— Disabled War Vet (@WarVet_MarsOne) November 28, 2016
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