Controlling Violence

When There is a FIGHT

  • Contact Public Safety at 601-977-7857.
  • Keep other students as calm as possible and remove them from the area.
  • Do not attempt to physically break up the fight unless someone's life is in imminent danger.
  • Calmly talk with instigator to calm him/her.
  • Learn as much as you can about the cause of the conflict between the subjects.
  • Attempt to assist subjects in exploring better alternatives to settling the dispute.

When an Individual Pulls a Weapon and Threatens Violence

  • Contact Public Safety immediately at 601.977.7857.
  • Always do as the individual demands.
  • Do not make sudden moves which could frighten the subject.
  • Never argue with the individual.
  • Learn as much as you can about what is going on with the subject.
  • Keep the subject's attention on you, not on the other students.
  • Mentally record a detailed description of the individual and the weapon.
  • Remember what objects the intruder touches and preserve them for evidence.
  • It is critically important to preserve the crime scene and never touch, move or disturb any possible evidence or objects at the site.
  • If the subject begins to behave violently or fire a gun, tell students to get away from the person and lie on the floor.
  • Physical force should not be used unless someone's life is in imminent danger.