Skip to comments.‘Run and hide’ is Obama administration’s clever plan for next school shooting
Posted on 08/13/2013 9:55:24 AM PDT by servo1969
In response to the Newtown, Conn. massacre and a host of school shootings in recent years, the Obama administration released a 67-page report on emergency planning this summer that includes several pages advising educators on how to manage an active shooter situation.
The U.S. Department of Educations live-shooter section doesnt recommend that schools arm teachers or employ armed guards. It doesnt even advise schools to add door locks for classrooms.
Instead, the section counsels teachers and students to run, hide and then fightbut only if neither running nor hiding is a safe option.
Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education and the uppermost name on the report, does not explain how this guidance differs from the very unsuccessful actions attempted by the 26 victims of Adam Lanza, the lone gunman who attacked Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Twenty of those victims were children who were six and seven years old.
As students across the nation head back to school this fall, administrators are trying to put systems in place to keep students safe in the event of another gunman running amok on campus.
A number of principals in the Los Angeles Unified School District participated in live-shooter training this summer, reports the Los Angeles Daily News. They will transmit what they learned in the training with teachers in the next few weeks.
What did they learn? Thats some kind of closely-held secret, apparently. Steve Zipperman, a retired LAPD captain who now runs the LAUSD police force, would only tell the Daily News that school officials have been trained in how to decide in the moment how to save as many lives as possible when a traditional lockdown may not be the most appropriate decision.
Zipperman also suggested that he disagrees with some of the Department of Educations recommendations because, he asserts, they wont work in K-12 settings. However, he did not elaborate further.
Judith Perez, president of Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, noted that Los Angeles Unified must now decide if its going to install locks on classroom doors that lock from inside each classroom, noted the Daily News.
The Department of Educations run-and-hide recommendations go into substantial detail about proper form when running and hiding from someone with a loaded gun.
The first course of action that should be taken is to run out of the building and far away until you are in a safe location, the Obama administration document suggests.
Leave personal belongings behind, it helpfully adds. Avoid escalators and elevators.
If students cant run, the Department of Education suggests that they hide instead in as safe a place as possible. Students should silence all electronic devices and remain silent.
The live-shooter section advises fighting a shooter only as a last resort, with fire extinguishers, perhaps, or chairs.
The live-shooter section of the report notes that victims stopped the attacker themselves in 16 instances out of the 41 studied in which some wacko or group of wackos was attacking people. In 13 of those cases they physically subdued the attacker.
The report does not say how many, if any, attempts were made to stop the attack in the remaining 25 incidents, or how many of those attempts failed.
The Obama administration report also takes pains to clarify that school employees have no duty whatsoever to physically protect students in the event of a school shooting.
To be clear, confronting an active shooter should never be a requirement in any school employees job description, it states emphatically.
The new ROE from the Gay Pentagon.
If children need help on learning to be a coward, they need only look at obozo.
Standard federal guidance. Exactly the same training given federal employees.
Alabama passed a law allowing employees to have a gun in their cars on their employers parking lot. The feds sent out an email reminding federal employees in Alabama that the law did not affect federal property. Have a gun in your locked car on federal property and go to jail was the message.
“Don’t shoot! I have writing implements! Don’t make me get sharpie on your shirt!”
I tell my kids to run and keep running. Why hide? Its not an Easter egg hunt.
Adam Lanza Wannabes everywhere applaud this hard-hitting decision.
Next they will tell the “edukators” to lock all doors and windows so the children can be more easily shot. I am only being half-sarcastic.
However, a BETTER plan is to have someone around who is armed and can handle the sitation, so that we don't *get* to the "run and hide" stage.
And, in reality, just having someone around and alert will likely prevent the entire situation from happening to begin with. "Don't start nothing, won't be nothing." approximately.
As if teachers and students didn't try to do what comes naturally to protect themselves in previous school shootings.
Sounds like a metaphor for his whole administration.
After Beslan, I told my children to move away from any sounds of attack and keep going, head for the woods. Forget lockdown and cower - that was only so there was a policy in place, any policy. And so the police could make EVERYONE leave the building with their hands up. And God forbid there was a drill and some children played hooky or got lost or hit a cop with a chair.
If they can’t move away from the sound of attack, then hide and be ready to fight.
If someone is coming in where they are, then fight.
The administration has finally come around to a sensible position. The only criticism I have is that common sense took ten years.
For the students and most teachers, I agree with that plan if it can be done in a quick and organized manner, and if you're sure you are running away from the shooter.
But at the same time the students are running to safety, armed employees should be advancing toward the shooter so that he can't go in that direction too.
There's no real security plan without guns.
That was their strategy for our personnel in Benghazi. At least they're being consistent.
Come to think of it, the strategy in Benghazi was more like "you're dead, we'll take care of the cover-up from this end."
Stupid advice from fascists who will gladly sacrifice teachers and kids on the altar of Gun Control.
However, most teachers and kids would not be able to confront an armed shooter.
But an armed police officer would! and the gun control bastards are violently opposed to that too!
I hate the lock down mentality, just as much as zero tolerance.
Amen. I believe each school’s Principal is responsible for security, and he/she should have a plan for staff to defend students from harm. I’d be glad to see my tax dollars go to a gun lockbox in a few staff members desks...
There’s also volunteer help available to help defend schools, my kids elementary school uses the D.O.G.S. program (Dads of Great Students). The program has Dads volunteering to be at school during the day, keeping an eye on the kids, walking the school grounds, etc.
So in other words it is the same position as their policy on the middle east.
Yep. The official Obama guide to any violent attack is : Cower and die.
“Run and Hide” not only works well in schools and government offices, but also at Norwegian island resorts. /sarc
two classic comments from c. 2007. “run and hide” is
somewhat better than “lockdown”. but “run and hide”
is grotesquely inadequate as an administrative strategy
From the prolific author, Greg Perry (about eBay and sundry computer topics:
My bride, a former public school ... just told me this: Lockdown is nothing more than an attempt to keep collateral damage to a fixed number. Its their (failed) hope that the maximum number of students who will die will be the number locked inside the room or hall with the shoo
from the Freemendo at Typepad blog 04 November 2007 Lockdown
Lockdown, lockdown, lockdown. No, no, no. When the terrorists began their assault at Beslan, around 40% of the students and staff ran like cuh-razy to get away from the school. A few hid in the boiler room. Every single one of those children and adults lived.
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