Former Marine jumps into action to protect OSU students

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Former Marine Bobby Fair said his actions were something he would have done 100 times over.

He said it all began as he was sitting his economics class and he received a message from his girlfriend warning him of the threat on campus.

“It was weird to flip from an educational mindset to a defensive mindset,” Fair said.

He said he could only think of one thing to do.

“I thought we need to get the barricades up on the room,” Fair said. “We need to start acting. This is not a game.”

25-year-old Fair joined the Marines straight out of high school in 2010. Now, he is a student at The Ohio State University.

Even though he’s a student and no longer a Marine, he hasn’t forgotten his training.

“In a stressful situation you always resort to your lowest level of training, and I’ve had multiple amounts of training in active shooter situations,” said Fair.

In this kind of crisis, he’s been taught people to run, fight or hide, and he though the best thing to do was to hide.

“Because we were so close to the incident,” Fair said.

Fair said he even had to stop some students from leaving the classroom.

“When they saw that barricade start going up, I was like, ‘Hey get to this side of the room, get away from the windows,’” he said. “I think people kind of just realized that I knew what I was doing and I’ve been through this training before.”

Barricades blocked the door from any possible intruder. Fair said everyone was calm while they waited until the threat was taken care of right outside the building.

Fair said he was simply acting to protect his classmates and doing what came natural to him, and he thanks his Marine training for that.

“I think anyone else that has done what I’ve done would have done the same exact thing,” he said.

Fair also believes the university could learn from his actions.

He said OSU has educational sessions on preventing sexual assaults and other campus-related crimes. He said it would help to teach students about active threats and active shooters also.

“We need more active shooter training to average students in their everyday life,” said Fair. “This is the kind of thing that’s not only subjective to happen to schools. It can happen in the office, hospital, even your own home. We need to know what to do in these types of situations.”

Fair said the training could range from videos to actual walk-in training sessions. He said it would help OSU make the right steps to being prepared in the world that we live in today. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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