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March 14, 2013


Wow. It's still hard for me to accept that we live in a culture where these discussions are necessary.

It sounds like a far better approach than Selam's school, where they won't even tell us what the plan is (which I think is code for "we don't actually have a plan.)

Sounds sensible. Scary, yes, but sensible (and I'm one of those people who is perversely comforted when people say "yes, it would be really bad, and there's not getting around that").

I also suspect that being met with a rain of miscellaneous objects might stop some shooters, at least momentarily, not out of injury, but out of surprise. In the video-game/shoot-'em-up movie narrative which seems to inform many of their worldviews (though I'm not willing to go so far as to suggest such narratives cause violence, I do think they shape the attitudes and expectations of those who are already inclined, for whatever combination of reasons, toward violence), the person with the big, scary weapon is all-powerful, and everybody cowers before him (or, occasionally, her).

Maybe we need to re-tell the story of David vs. Goliath a bit more often?

My colleague and I teach in portables and we've discussed among ourselves that if there were a shooter in the building, we'd run. Problem is, that either means up the hill toward the elementary school (we're K-12) or off campus across a practice field. I dunno. I do suspect, though, that I'd have a really hard time keeping some of my students from rushing the shooter. I will not be surprised if they try to arm us. God almighty this is horrible to think about.

Hoo boy. This is why we went into teaching, right?

But I know what you mean about the relief of talking realistically.

Problem is, that now I'm realizing that all our rooms have only one entrance/exit, the windows are virtually unbreakable, and we're way above ground level anyway.

I hadn't thought about Contingent Cassandra's idea of the video-game-shooter expectation, but I think there's really something to that. Cowering isn't much protection anyway, and not-cowering might be surprising enough to buy some time.

I'm on a college campus, and there have been zero conversations about this kind of strategy. I guess we're all adults, so there's less responsibility, but still, I'd really like to know what is most likely to be effective.

Oy! We had a staff in-service about this, too, only we didn't use A.L.I.C.E. No, our local police department's approach is basically this: you have to decide whether you'll run, hide, or fight. That was it--Run, Fight, Hide. Wowwwww.

I like CC's notion of telling our students the David and Goliath story. It might sink in, after some repetition, that the actions of one can affect many...but in positive ways, too.

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