Via NIT, comes this interesting bit on a DARE video that teaches kids what to do in the event of a school shooting. Well, interesting once you get past the anti-gun hysteria. Says Mack:
Yesterday I picked up the kids, and usually we recap their day. My 11 yr old announced that they had DARE again at the school, and I assumed it was the usual “war on drugs” propaganda. (Which, I should say, I’m thankful for, except when they encourage children to report their parents for marijuana possession, though I haven’t heard about that happening locally.) To my surprise and shock, yesterday’s lesson was “what to do in the event of a school shooting.” Apparently, they covered a wide variety of possible scenarios, and the lesson included a video that made my 11 yr old quite uneasy. They were told what to do if caught in the hallway, a classroom, or even a restroom. (bathroom self defense tactics included the advice to spread liquid soap on the floor by the entrance, so the shooter would slip, giving you time to escape. ) They were taught the difference between “cover” and “concealment.” I mean it was pretty thorough. Later in the day, I overheard her explaining to her 9 yr old brother that a car is good cover, but you should hide behind the front tire. He asked “why the front?”, and she replied that the engine added additional protection from stray or intended bullets.
I would be curious to see the video. If anyone has any info on it, let me know. Many times, school programs are stupid when it comes to some issues. And I hope that this one teaches the right things. I am glad that they’re teaching concealment v. cover. Concealment is only useful to the extent it buys you time to get out. Of course, my thoughts on what to do are simple and straightforward and based on the following assumptions:
The school shooter has committed to being killed.
The police will be no help because they will either 1) arrive too late or 2) if they arrive before it’s over, they will merely secure and contain the area and not let anyone in or out. That is what they did at Columbine with the I’m Going Home Tonight mentality they train cops with these days. We are seeing that change, though.
Human beings are pre-programmed to a fight or flight response. We are, it’s true. Compliance and passivity toward violence is a learned trait.
Active resistance (preferably armed, though that’s not an option at school or for kids) has been shown to have greater success at reducing injury than compliance and passiveness.
That said, here’s what I’ll teach my kids:
Get out. Run fast and keep moving to the nearest door or open window. Do not run a straight line relative to the position of the shooter. A moving target is harder to hit.
Avoid the being in the general area of the shooting. Do not go toward the noise. Stay away.
Do not hole up and hide in a group. Fight the urge to feel that there is safety in numbers. There are sitting ducks in numbers when they hide.
Hiding is only useful to the extent that it buys you time to get out.
Many things in a school can be used as a weapon, such as books, brooms, pens, pencils, etc. Get one if possible and expedient because:
Though you’ll do your best to get out and avoid conflict, you may not have a choice but to come face to face with the psychopath. If that happens, do not beg. Do not comply. Do not placate. Fight and fight with all you have. And only fight long enough to get away. Lone gunmen tend to not like resistance. They want easy, compliant targets. If you’re not one, they likely have little interest in a confrontation. Throw books, stab with pencils, etc.
Remember: If you attack, you could die. If you cower under a desk, you will die unless the nutjob runs out of ammo before getting to you.
Disregard any instructions from school officials or police to the contrary.
If you have any advice, post it in comments.