'When a shooting strikes'—added to my Columbine tools
January 16, 2017
It's horrible that I have to do this nearly two decades after Columbine, but I added "When A Shooting Strikes" to the Tools section of my Columbine site.
(At the Columbine page, scroll down, or use its vertical menu):
I kept it simple:
1. What to do if you face a shooter. Run, Hide, Fight was popularized fairly recently, a wonderful development. It is simple and easy to teach kids. This is key, though:
Follow the steps in order: Only hide if it's impossible to run; only fight as a last resort.
There are some great videos, which I recommend. They flesh out the ideas and offer good examples, with visuals that you are can recall easily if the moment ever arises.
I also included the key points from the TSA's great active shooter pocket card, and a link to download the full card.
2. Interpreting media coverage: Most of us will never face a gunman, but we will be inundated by media reports. I wrote the Skeptic's Guide to Media Coverage of Mass Shootings for The New Republic in 2015, after one of these awful shootings, and some awful coverage.