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Canfield parents worry about child at OSU

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Students at Ohio State weren't the only people waiting out some intense moments on Monday. Parents of those kids were also on pins and needles, hoping and praying their children were safe.

Steve and Cathy Kristan have a son, Bryan, who is a sophomore at OSU.

"It was quite fearful to be honest with you, quite fearful," said Steve Kristan.

Some of those fears were relieved when Bryan texted saying he was OK.

"He said don't worry, he goes I just got done with football, I'm in my dorm, I didn't get to the lab, I decided to go back to my dorm and we're barricaded in my dorm," said Cathy Kristan.

Still, it was some tense moments for the Kristans hoping their son would stay safe.

Steve followed updates on twitter and called Bryan with advice.

"Some of the things that came through my mind is keep your phone charged, keep it close by, stay away from the windows. One other thing to think about is to put it on silent in case you have to hide out," said Steve.

Cathy went to Ohio State's website to sign up for Buckeye Alerts, the same one's that students get when there is an emergency.

"Had I been home and saw it on the news, that would have been really scary, like where is my son, because I know he has class that day, I know he has football practice, it would have been very scary if I wasn't able to get in touch with him," she said.

The Kristan's say if if happens again, their best advice is to have a plan.

"My advice to parents, talk to your students, your children and let them know that hey it is important for them to be safe first of all, and then let them know that your safe. I ended up calling my parents in Florida because they wanted to know what was going on. The advice would be talk to your students ahead of time and have a plan in place," said Steve.

The Kristan's also praised the University for keeping the students safe and says law enforcement did an excellent job as well and that was comforting for parents that are 3 hours away from their child at college.

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