I'm sharing the following as a public service announcement.


I just finished a training (8 modules, with quizzes on each one, more than an hour altogether) on what your child and your teacher should do if there is an active threat to their school. (There may be some exceptions for young and disabled children.)


Times have changed, and tragedies like Columbine and Sandy Hook have been thoroughly analyzed, allowing law enforcement to come up with some new strategies.


We are no longer being told to lock the classroom door and gather students together in a corner. This has not proven to be the best course of action.


Now we are told to use our instincts.


If we feel we can evacuate safely through a nearby exit, we should do so.


If that is not possible, we are to lock AND BARRICADE the classroom door, and then spread out around the room. Call 911.


If confronted by a violent, armed intruder from which there is no escape, and only as a last resort, we are being told to use whatever means necessary (throwing chairs, desks, books, staplers) in an attempt to disrupt the thought processes of the intruder, and possibly to physically overcome him.


Most of the time, the violence is over quickly...before the police even arrive.


There have been cases where teachers and students have caused disruption to the attacker's intent, and saved countless lives.


A locked door is often not enough of a deterrent. Many shooters have either kicked open the door or shot the lock off to gain entry.


The same principles would probably apply to non-school situations.

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KeithMaki Premium
Times have really changed...Thanks for sharing Rick!
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Tbarlow1 Premium
Good share, we all should be aware of that information

Tracy
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Chezbrown Premium
Thank you for this Rick and I think it is very valuable information for all walks of life, not just schools.

I work in a supermarket and because of all the terrorism threats and things going on we had to do training and it is called Run, Hide, Tell.

I prefer the idea of throwing things at the intruder instead of trying to run away from them.

I can just imagine like a classroom of children or even adults lying in wait with whatever they can get their hands on ready and waiting for the intruder to get the door open and then everyone throwing what they have in their hand, I bet the intruder would be so shocked he would forget what he was going to do lol. xx
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saharelf Premium
It's really sad when we have to train our children how to survive in school. The only survival I remember having to endure was homework, but I am glad they are providing it, it's just sad. Thank you for sharing.
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cosmicradio Premium
I remember being taught to curl up under my desk, like that would help if a bomb hit the school. I would have been happier being told to jump on my bike and ride like the wind for home! :)
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MCrim Premium
Thanks for the information. Extremely valuable!

Let's hope and pray we never have to put it into practice!!!!!

mitch
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cosmicradio Premium
You said it, Mitch!
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Droseh Premium
This type of training is a necessity, but I remember the time when schools were only about learning. So much is expected of teachers today. I hope you are never in that situation.
Debbie
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you, Debbie-I'm with you on that! :)
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JeffL61 Premium
I remember back in high school, (graduating in 1975) that issues regarding gun violence was something not even thought of inside the minds of kids my age This also occurred when I then went onto college in the fall of '75, (looking at the situation at Virginia Tech some 8 - 10 years ago). You walked freely among campus without a worry in the world other than trying to get good grades regarding your course work.

Back then, no guns were EVER brought into school by anyone who had demented thoughts inside his or her head, seeking to inflict physical and very violent damage on innocent human beings. Heck there were very few fist-fights. People just had more respect for each other as human beings and quite frankly it is quite sad that everything has gone so wrong in this world of ours.

The world has become such an unsafe place that in order to protect yourself the solutions that you suggested in your excellent article, Rick, should always be in the back of all of our thoughts. Even the simple act of going to a movie theater seeking to be entertained cannot be treated as being perfectly safe. One just has to look at it from the point of view concerning a deadly incident taking place in a packed Colorado movie theater several years ago which violently ended the lives of a bunch of human beings whose only crime was their being out of the house for an evening.

The people who try to tell you to just simply live your life as normal are unfortunately no longer 100% correct.

Now, it is all about being safe rather than, (too late) being sorry should you ever have to face something as frightening as a possible attack inflicted by some deranged individual with a loaded automatic assault rifle pointed at you.

One has to always be prepared and on guard in order to protect him/herself, relying on that sixth sense regarding instinct that we are blessed to have. It's now crucial that we listen to that little warning voice in our heads.

Where, oh where has our world gone so incredibly wrong?

Excellent article, Rick. I'm sorry that there was ever a need for you to have had to write one of this type sharing it with your fellow WA members. However, it's now the year 2017 - not 1975. Then, I was a wet-behind-the-ears 17/18 year old kid whose only worry was which movie I wanted to take my girlfriend to see on a date, followed by getting her back home in time before the curfew imposed by her parents!
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you for your insightful comments, Jeff. The world has definitely changed, and will continue to change. We can only hope for a more enlightened humanity.
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WaynePro Premium
This is excellent advice, Rick and it makes sense. Hope you never have to apply the training.

Wayne
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you, Wayne-I appreciate the sentiment!
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krystye Premium
Very good advise. It's sad that our society has come to this.
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cosmicradio Premium
Better to be prepared, Krystye. :)
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Rick,

I do not live in the US but my better half did. Guns were one of the reasons he left. I sincerely hope you will never find yourself in the situation where you have to defend the lives of your loved ones or of your pupils.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you so much. Taetske. I hope to never find myself in that situation, either. :)
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Calmkoala Premium
Thanks for this, it's better to be pro-active, even more so in situations that we don't want to think about. I wish you and your students a safe, productive year, Sue :)
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you so much, Sue! :)
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Loes Premium
Thanks Rick, one of the staplers could just hit the attacker in the right place at the right time, gosh, what's wrong with those people
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cosmicradio Premium
Supposedly, more than 13% of the attackers have been stopped by civilians, Loes. :)
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Rawan7784 Premium
Thanks for sharing
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cosmicradio Premium
You're welcome, Rawan! :)
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abdul11 Premium
good post thanks for sharing
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cosmicradio Premium
You're welcome, Abdul.
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verazhelvis Premium
It's really sad school teachers should learn all that. But with the tragic events in many countries with children involved, it doesn't seem superfluous.
Wish you a happy and safe year, Rick.:))
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cosmicradio Premium
Thanks, Vera. It's something we hope to never have to use. :))
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verazhelvis Premium
Yeah, me too.:))
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rwaite3613 Premium
My daughter is a teacher and her school has had threats; bomb dogs and all. Nothing has happened thankfully but it is still scary.
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cosmicradio Premium
It's very scary, Randy-more so at the higher levels.
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Anandhijohn Premium
Hi. Rick.
Thanks for the post.
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cosmicradio Premium
Hi Anandhijohn. You're welcome. :)
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Carol46 Premium
Be safe. We do not have the same problems as yet here in Australia.
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cosmicradio Premium
Stay safe, Carol-We could learn a thing or two from you guys! :)
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pablocortina Premium
Thank you for the tips. Much appreciated
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cosmicradio Premium
You're welcome, Pablo.
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Carson1 Premium
Don't really like any of those senarios. ...be safe this year my friend. ATB Carson 1
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cosmicradio Premium
Thanks, Carson!
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MKearns Premium
The same policy was put in place after 911. If there is no other choice no action is not as good as some action. It was a draw in ShanksVille PA with flight 993!
Diversify in place!
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cosmicradio Premium
Sometimes you've gotta make a stand, Mike!
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rosieM Premium
Sadly...it is now necessary to have plans of action to circumvent tragedy in public gathering places...school..work..shopping..etc.
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cosmicradio Premium
There are some tough things happening in our world, Rosie. :)
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