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Feds advise school employees to fight back against intruders

There's been a lot written about school security since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December in which 20 children and six adults were killed. Now the Obama administration has released a new set of guidelines related to school security that advocates school employees fighting back against intruders when there's no other choice. 

Education Week's Jaclyn Zubrzycki and Nirvi Shah wrote, 

"While the White House document says this should be done as a last resort, that message is easily lost, said Michael Dorn, the executive director of the Atlanta-based Safe Havens International, which advises schools on safety and emergency planning. In his experience, when school employees are given the idea that in rare circumstances, fighting or disarming a shooter is an option, it's the only thing that comes to mind for far less serious scenarios. In drills, school employees have become so focused on fighting a shooter they have forgotten to take the basic step of locking their classroom doors."

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[Last modified: Monday, July 8, 2013 3:07pm]


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