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  •  I took an active shooter class (20+ / 0-)

    on campus. It was really helpful and eye opening.

    --Always know where the exits are. If you go to the library,  union, anywhere, just like in a plane, know where the exits are

    --Most people want to hide. If you can, GET OUT. The only thing a shooter wants is for you to die. The tendency is for people to hide, but if you are found it will not go well. So if you can, run, get out

    --As bkamr said, know what sorts of things you have available to throw at the shooter if you do have to shelter in place. Anything you can find--staplers, books, shoes, whatever--may slow down the shooter

    --Barricade the door with whatever you have. It was pointed out that things like belts can sometimes be tied around a door handle and to something nearby to help keep the door shut. And, as many of the teachers at Sandy Hook demonstrated, DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR. Not if someone says they are a student, staff, etc. Not if someone says they are police, unless they have id they can slide under the door. It's rough, but shooters have fooled people into thinking they were students escaping the mayhem

    --If you have tables, etc. you can tilt them onto their sides and use them as barricades or to hide behind

    I teach grad school, and even in my classroom I have thought about how to get the door locked and how to break the windows (throw a chair through?) to get my students out. Even though my students are adults, some older than me, it's my classroom and they are my students. I only hope I could be as brave as Victoria Soto.

    "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

    by zaynabou on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 06:14:38 PM PST

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