O.C. Schools Teach Ways To Combat Gunmen

SANTA ANA (AP) — Teachers at school districts in southern Orange County are being taught that if they can’t hide or get away from a campus gunman, they should try to take him out.

It’s a very different message than the past emphasis on avoiding confrontation.

The new approach: As a last resort, aggressively use chairs, tables, fire extinguishers and even books as weapons. Not just to defend yourself and students, but to disable a shooter.

The Orange County Register reports that the Capistrano Unified School district and others are adopting this kind of “run, hide and fight” strategy.

The rethinking comes in response to the killings last year at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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