“Faculty Seminar on Active Shooter”

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Stripped only of logistical and personally identifying information, here is the text of an e-mail I received:

Faculty, instructors, teaching assistants and others who teach at USC are invited to participate in this seminar on active shooter situations. Topics include: what to do in a shooting incident, how to be prepared, how to think safely, and how to recognize a potential problem. This seminar is sponsored by [various university entities].

I guess I should attend just so I can learn “how to think safely.” I have serious doubts about whether anyone can really be prepared to handle an “active shooter” in the classroom, but maybe it’s worth checking out? Because all I can think of to do now if an active shooter enters my classroom is duck, run away, or call 911.

–Ann Bartow

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