I Just Read an “Active Shooter – How To Respond Poster”, and I’m Not Impressed
I was at UMD last night with my son's cub scout pack. We visited the planetarium, and it was a fun time. On the way out, I noticed there was a poster describing steps to take in an active shooter situation. It's from the Department of Homeland Security. While the tips point out some common sense things, in my eyes it shows you how helpless you really are. Let me explain.
First off, most of this is common sense. If a shooter is on campus it advises you to evacuate the area as fast as possible. If that isn't possible, you're suppose to hide out. And finally, if neither of those options exist and you are in close proximity, you're suppose to take action against the shooter.
How do you take action against a shooter? Here is an actual quote from Homeland Security:
As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt todisrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:• Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her• Throwing items and improvising weapons• Yelling• Committing to your actions