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Everybody Fights in a School Attack

Physically fighting the attacker is not the only form of fighting.

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Take Aways:

  1. Physically fighting the attacker is not the only form of fighting.
  2. If you lockdown, barricade, hide, or run…you are also fighting, fighting for your life and the lives of your students.

  3. We’re hurting our efforts, inadvertently, because we’re instilling the wrong mindset that only those who physical fight the attacker are actually fighting.

  4. It is one of the few commonalities in every school attack—everybody fights!

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How to relate this to kids:

Everybody fights in a school attack and therefore, so do our students. Anytime you get a chance, make sure that you remind the students that when they lockdown, hide, or run that they are also fighting—just in another way—and that's a great thing.


I think when we promote this message, it's going to empower our students to want to play a more active role in our crisis drills.




Because they will realize, like our teachers and staff members, that when we adopt the reality that everyone fights during a crisis that it will empower our school community to fight harder…for their lives and the lives of others.



Thank You!