‘Run, hide, fight’ is new safety advice

Hiding in a locked classroom and waiting for rescue may not be the safest strategy when a gunman threatens, advises the U.S. Department of Education. Run, hide, fight is the new safety mantra, reports EdSource Today.

As part of back-to-school preparation, educators throughout California are being trained in the technique, which includes giving teachers the leeway to ignore lockdowns requiring students to be kept inside, to run off campus with students, and to unleash a fire extinguisher on a person with a gun.

“The idea is that instead of being passive and being executed, be active and perhaps save your own life and the lives of others,” said Arthur Cummins, who sits on the board of the California School Resource Officers Association and is an administrator for safe and healthy schools at the Orange County Department of Education.

Los Angeles Unified is training administrators and school principals on alternatives to locking down the campus.

“If you listen to a 911 tape from Columbine, a teacher was doing what she was trained to do, which was to ‘shelter in place,’” said Carl Hall, assistant superintendent of support services for the Kern County Office of Education. “The reality was she had a great opportunity to remove herself and her kids and go out a back door – that’s very sobering.”

Here’s a video aimed at office workers. It’s a lot tougher when adults have to protect children as well as themselves.

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  1. I’ve always instructed my students that if the door is breached, throw anything they can at the attacker–books, water bottles, anything.

    Of course, I know full well that at best, the result will be that he (probably he) will just go next door and shoot those students instead.

    There’s generally only one thing that will *stop* a bad guy with a firearm, and that’s a good guy with a firearm.

    • Well, if the kids run outside and scatter, it’s hard to hit many of them. The reason Newtown was such a bloodbath is because he had stationary targets in small spaces.

  2. Mike in Texas says:

    I think a fire extinguisher would be better used trying to smash in the head of the attacker, if it came to a fight or die situation.