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Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON - Law enforcement authorities are increasingly advising school officials - and even young students - to physically confront suspects in future campus attacks as a final line of defense.
The advisories, now included in training videos and documents prepared by police, represent a major shift in tactics for law enforcement officials who have traditionally counseled potential victims to flee and hide while waiting for authorities to answer calls for help.
"These incidents are becoming a fact of life,'' University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Chief Susan Riseling told a meeting of law enforcement colleagues gathered here. "If there is no other option, take the shooter out.''
Riseling, who has produced an instructional video on dealing with so-called "active shooters,'' said that while police have long urged potential victims to avoid such confrontations at all costs, recent mass shootings are forcing a controversial change in the ranks.
"We're simply bringing citizens into reality,'' Charleston, S.C., Sheriff Al Cannon said. "We aren't being fair when we tell teachers to lock the door and cower in the corner with their children.''
Chuck Wexler, executive director of the law enforcement think tank Police Executive Research Forum, said the instructional shift reflects a "sea change'' in thinking for police who have been re-examining the guidance they provide to schools and other possible targets of mass casualty attacks.
Just as the 1999 Columbine High School massacre prompted police to adopt strategies calling for the aggressive pursuit of shooters at schools, shopping malls, office buildings and other venues to limit potential casualties, police officials said potential victims should be prepared to fight for their survival if there is no route of escape or safe place to hide.
Wexler said some of the new thinking has been drawn from the experience of the heroic passengers of United Flight 93, whose efforts to retake the hijacked airliner from four terrorists likely spared untold lives at the U.S. Capitol building, believed to be one of terrorists' targets during the 9/11 attacks.
During the passengers' battle with the hijackers, the airliner crashed into a Pennsylvania field.
"What Flight 93 taught us is that there are some things that the government can't do to protect you,'' Wexler said. "There are going to be times when you have to be prepared to fight for your life and risk dying because sitting back also has consequences of its own.''
Police officials said they were not advocating arming teachers, students, office workers or others to prepare for such attacks; they also emphasized that confronting the attacker should always be the last option.
The title of Riseling's video - Get Out, Call Out, Hide Out, Keep Out, Take Out - is arranged by the preferred order of response. So, too, is a city of Houston video called Run, Hide, Fight.
In written instructions developed by the U.S. Capitol Police, fighting back is described as the "last resort.''
"You must be committed to the actions you will take, and your attack must be explosive and violent,'' the Capitol Police instruction states. "You must do whatever it takes to survive and not worry about the consequences.
"You want to disable the offender with whatever means you can. This could involve throwing items or using objects to strike, stab or slash the subject.''
Pete Blair, a criminal justice professor at Texas State University, said that in many cases potential victims "have no choice'' but to defend themselves.
In a study of 84 active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2012, Blair said the shooter ended the attack before police arrived in 25 cases: The shooter committed suicide in 21 cases; in four cases, the shooter fled.
In 16 of the 84 incidents, victims stopped the attack before police arrived, either by subduing the attacker -13 cases - or shooting the attacker in three cases.
Full Story: http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/363846/3/New-advice-to-schools-Confront-shooterKevin Johnson, USA TODAY
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Three people were injured after gunfire erupted at Lone Star College North Harris campus on Tuesday afternoon.
The shooting happened about 12:20 p.m. at 2700 W.W. Thorne, near Aldine Westfield, and remains "an active and fluid scene," according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
At least two of the victims were wounded in the shooting and rushed to Ben Taub General Hospital. One of them was critically wounded. Details about the other person's injuries and condition were not released.
Deputies said a third person was hit but no additional information was immediately available.
Two gunmen were involved in the shooting, authorities said. One of them was taken into custody and other man was on the run. Law enforcement officials were searching the area near the campus using tracking dogs. KHOU reported that the other man was also in custody, but that has not been confirmed by officials.
Detectives in an unmarked police car arrived at Ben Taub General Hospital mid-afternoon. One who left about 3:30 p.m. said the patient inside was not a shooter.
Sheriff's Office officials have said they will provide an update at 4 p.m.
Investigators were still trying to determine what sparked the shooting, which may have occurred in the library and cafeteria, according to early reports.
"We know that shots have been fired and we are in a shelter-in-place situation on the campus," said Vicki Cassidy, manager of media relations for Lone Star College System. "It's a pretty chaotic scene at this point in time."
Cassidy said she could not provide any other details about the shooting. The campus is among six in the community college system of 90,000 students. The North Harris campus serves roughly 12,000 students.
Four nearby Aldine Independent School District schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution: Parker Intermediate, Dunn Elementary, Nimitz High School and Nimitz ninth-grade campus, a district spokesman said.
The college posted an alert on its website at 12:52 p.m. that the North Harris campus was locked down.
"Students, faculty and staff are advised to take immediate shelter where you are. Do not enter the campus until notified further," the message said. Shortly thereafter, the campus transitioned to evacuation mode and officials also asked others not to come to the campus.
Students and faculty described the moments when the gunfire rang out.
Faculty member Anupma Gupta, who teaches biology, said she heard "something blasting" about 12:30 p.m. while she was inside the Winship building. She said she checked the college's website for information and found nothing. No emails came either.
"I decided to stay in my office and close the door," she recalled.
About five or 10 minutes later, Gupta said, police officers going room to room told her to evacuate. Hours later, she was still waiting for police to allow her to get her car from the campus parking lot. Though anxious to get home, she said she didn't feel nervous otherwise.
"I'm feeling fine. I see so many police officers around," she said. " I have faith in them."
Tracy Zegere, 35, who studies English as a second language at the college, said she was making photocopies in the library. She tried to leave at some point after noon but a college staff member stopped her. After a few minutes, the police walked a group of people out.
As she left the library, Zegere said she saw someone on the ground bleeding.
She said she didn't hear any shots and did not know where the shooting occurred.
Shaperia Harper, a 22-year-old studying nursing, said she was talking on her cell phone at an outdoor fountain near the Winship building when she thinks she heard six or seven "really loud" gunshots.
Full Story: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Shots-reportedly-fired-at-local-college-4214123.phpThree people were injured after gunfire erupted at Lone Star College North Harris... more
In 2000, New York legislators recognized the ubiquitous and unambiguous connection between violence, especially gun violence and mass murder, and the widespread prescribed use of psychiatric drugs.
Senate Bill 7035 was introduced in the New York State Senate that year requiring police agencies to report to the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) on certain crimes and suicides committed by a person who is using psychiatric drugs, including assault, homicide, sex offenses, robbery offenses, firearms and other dangerous weapons offenses, kidnapping and arson. The preamble to the bill read, in part:
There is a large body of scientific research establishing a connection between violence and suicide and the use of psychotropic drugs in some cases. This research, which has been published in peer reviewed publications such as the American Journal of Psychiatry, The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and The Journal of Forensic Science, has shown, among other things, that: certain drugs can induce mania (a psychosis which can produce bizarre, grandiose and highly elaborated destructive plans, including mass murder);. . .and certain drugs can produce an acute psychotic reaction in an individual not previously psychotic.
Full Story here: http://govtslaves.info/forbes-deletes-popular-pro-gun-story-linking-psychiatric-drugs-to-murders/In 2000, New York legislators recognized the ubiquitous and unambiguous connection... more
5 Facts About Guns, Schools, & Violence
Gunfire erupted on Thursday at a California high school in inland Kern County in a shooting in which two people were injured, county officials said, and media reports indicated the assailant had been arrested.
A Kern County sheriff's dispatcher confirmed the shooting at Taft Union High School but gave no other details, and the county fire chief said two people had been wounded, including one who was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The other refused treatment.
The shooting comes on the heels of a December rampage at a Connecticut elementary school in which a gunman killed 20 children and six teachers in an attack that shocked the nation and has fueled a heated national debate over gun control.
In California, an ABC affiliate reported that sheriff's deputies were going room-by-room to secure the school in the city of Taft, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. It said the shooter had been apprehended by police.
The station, 23ABC News, reported that some people had called the station from inside the school, where they were hiding in closets. It said parents were being urged to pick up their children from the school football field.
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Her poem spoke about the possible motivations that could have inspired Adam Lanza’s murderous rampage, but apparently that was ground not to be treaded on as the school suspended her for it and is threatening to permanently expel her.
Her school, the Life Learning Academy on Treasure Island in San Fransisco, Cali., saw the poem as a threat and said it violated their zero tolerance policy on violence.
The Daily Mail posted an extract from the poem:
They wanna hold me back
I run but still they still attack
My innocence, I won’t get back
I used to smile
They took my kindness for weakness
The silence the world will never get
I understand the killing in Connecticut
I know why he pulled the trigger
The government is a shame
Society never wants to take the blame
Society puts these thoughts in our head
Misery loves company
If I can’t be loved no one can
According to NBC, a teacher found the poem and gave it to administrators who saw it fit to suspend her.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Uno4fvM_Wjc#t=0sHer poem spoke about the possible motivations that could have inspired Adam... more
A new White House “We The People” petition submission asks for the elimination of armed guards at schools that the president’s and other politicians’ children attend.
If gun free zones are sufficient for protecting the average persons children, gun free zones should also be sufficient for protecting our politicians children.
Gun Free Zones are supposed to protect our children, and some politicians wish to strip us of our right to keep and bear arms. Those same politicians and their families are currently under the protection of armed Secret Service agents. If Gun Free Zones are sufficient protection for our children, then Gun Free Zones should be good enough for politicians.
Click here to sign the petition! http://1.usa.gov/Tn2rJcA new White House “We The People” petition submission asks for the... more
Actor Samuel L. Jackson is refusing to join the chorus of actors, celebrities and politicians pushing for more gun control in the wake of the deadly massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“I don’t think it’s about more gun control,” Jackson told the Los Angeles Times. “I grew up in the South with guns everywhere, and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren’t taught the value of life.”
Jackson, one of the stars in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming violent Civil-War era thriller “Django Unchained,” said parents and role models are more important than gun control laws.
The staunch supporter of President Barack Obama also rejected the notion that movies or video games influence people to commit acts of violence.
“I don’t think movies or video games have anything to do with it,” Jackson declared.
Tarantino, who has directed numerous violent movies, including the “Kill Bill” series, agreed.
“I just think, you know, there’s violence in the world, tragedies happen, blame the playmakers,” Tarantino said. “It’s a Western. Give me a break.” (RELATED: ‘Django Unchained,’ ‘Jack Reacher’ events canceled after Sandy Hook tragedy’)
But Jammie Foxx, a co-star in the flick, says the entertainment industry should take some responsibility for influencing violence.
“We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn’t have a sort of influence,” Foxx said in an interview on Saturday. “It does.”
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/18/samuel-l-jackson-on-newton-conn-massacre-i-dont-think-its-about-more-gun-control/#ixzz2GAhbkYiWActor Samuel L. Jackson is refusing to join the chorus of actors, celebrities and... more
Emotions are running high in Freedonia (what was once just called the United States of America). And politicians from both the Center (what was once called the Left) and from the Far Nutjob Right (formerly just Right) are eager to capitalize and legislate, by any crisis necessary.Emotions are running high in Freedonia (what was once just called the United States of... more
Officer Leroy Pyle dispells myths about what the media always labels "Assault Weapons"
http://youtu.be/STeyS6LYIx4Officer Leroy Pyle dispells myths about what the media always labels "Assault... more
There have been many travesties against the citizens of the United States. Mostly against minorities and poor people. This also includes soldiers, without there knowledge, submitted to human experimentation.
I keep hearing the argument that we don't need guns, or assault weapons, but I beg to differ. We need them now for the same reason we needed them when the constitution was written.
Go ahead and disarm yourselves, and enjoy defending yourself without your right to a firearm.
I pitty the fool who underestimates the United States.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unethical_human_experimentation_in_the_United_States... more
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I wasn’t sure until just now as I type, if I was or wanted to write about the school shooting, THIS school shooting. I turned off my television this morning at 8:30 and the quiet seems like healing medicine today.By Sherry Pasquarello,WWH/CJE -
I wasn’t sure until just now as I type, if I... more
Update on Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and new ban on guns. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California vows to revive federal assault weapons ban in 2013. http://youtu.be/nJSkvKcVX1EUpdate on Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and new ban on guns. Sen. Dianne... more
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They did all they could to stop the carnage.
Brave educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School risked everything and gave their very lives to stop crazed shooter Adam Lanza and shield innocent children from the hail of gunfire.
Lanza had arrived with murder on his mind at 9:30 a.m. Friday, but found the doors locked.
The 20-year-old would not be deterred and unleashed a barrage of bullets, seemingly at random to shatter a front window and climb inside.
Two of the teachers — Victoria Leigh Soto, 27, and Anne Marie Murphy, 52 — actually turned themselves into human shields to protect their young students after Lanza invaded their classrooms and cruelly opened fire.
The fusillade began when school administrators were just starting a morning meeting. Suddenly, they heard the sick “Pop! Pop! Pop!” of gunfire.
Principal Dawn Hochsprung reacted like a lioness protecting her cubs. She ran out of the office and lunged at Lanza — and died when he trained his gun on her and opened fire.
Full Story: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/heroic_teachers_made_the_ultimate_yUlKFrK5Xq0l0bA3CMl65I?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Newsletter&utm_campaign=Daily%20Newletter%20-%20AUTO%202012-12-16They did all they could to stop the carnage.
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Meanwhile, a madman ran amok in a school in Henan province, China today, as well.
A knife-wielding man injured 22 children and one adult outside a primary school in central China as students were arriving for classes Friday, police said, the latest in a series of periodic rampage attacks at Chinese schools and kindergartens.
The attack in the Henan province village of Chengping happened shortly before 8 a.m., said a police officer from Guangshan county, where the village is located.
A doctor at Guangshan’s hospital of traditional Chinese medicine said that seven students had been admitted, but that none were seriously injured.
In one you find words like “guns” and “killed.” In the other, these words are replaced with “knife” and “injured.”Meanwhile, a madman ran amok in a school in Henan province, China today, as well.... more
Police have the gunman who opened fire in a crowd of students. A 20-year-old Evanston man charged in the shooting death of honors student Dajae Coleman.Police have the gunman who opened fire in a crowd of students. A 20-year-old Evanston... more
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Kid shot on first day of school.
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A gunman has reportedly opened fire near the Texas A&M campus in Houston around 12:30 today, and while details are still developing, early reports say that at least two police officers are down.
The school’s emergency site posted updates and safety warnings as it happened, issuing a “code maroon”:
Avoid Area. CSPD reports an active shooter in the area immediately southeast of the intersection of Welborn Rd and George Bush Drive. Please avoid the area. Residents in the immediate area need to remain inside their residence. 12:29PM
Code Maroon issued:
Update on active shooter in College Station: The location of the active shooter is in the 200 block of Fidelity Dr. Stay away from the area. 12:38PM
Code Maroon issued:
Update on active shooter. CSPD reports that the shooter is in custody. Continue to avoid the area. 12:44PM
A spokesman for the police department said they could not confirm any fatalities, but did say the area is contained and there is no longer any danger to the public. The shooter reportedly shot from a house with more than one automatic weapon, and early reports involve two police officers, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
This is a developing story. WebProNews will update it as details are available.
http://www.webpronews.com/breaking-texas-am-shooting-reportedly-involves-two-cops-2012-08A gunman has reportedly opened fire near the Texas A&M campus in Houston around... more