Would You Know What to do if an Attacker Targeted Your School or Workplace?

Would You Know What to do if an Attacker Targeted Your School or Workplace?

Over the last 30 years there have been at least 67 mass shootings across the country, and more than half of those cases happened at a school or workplace.

As flags wave at half-staff Thursday following Wednesday's shooting at Ft. Hood, it's a reminder to East Texans that tragedy can strike anywhere.

"No two situations ever look the same," Matt Tibbetts, VP of Training and Development for TBG Solutions, said. "There's no demographic for a school or business that it could be next -- it just strikes all over the place. Little small towns, sleepy Newtown, Connecticut, or it could be Roswell, New Mexico, or it could be Ft. Hood, Texas. You just don't know." 

Dr. Wade French says that contrary to popular belief, people don't typically just snap. In many cases an attacker suffers from a mental issue, and oftentimes, the signs are there. 

"The guy's becoming a little more isolated, doesn't go to the break room, complains about everything, expresses feelings of being picked on, being treated unfairly," he said, "and it just kind of builds and builds and builds until one day, it's like 'okay, this is the day.'" 

TBG solutions holds active shooter response trainings at schools, churches and businesses, teaching people the right and wrong way to react.

"If you can get out of the situation, get out," Tibbetts said, "and that's not usually the first thing people think about. Usually the first thing is, 'how can I barricade myself in?'" 

In some cases, that may be your only option. If so, Tibbetts says you need to be prepared to think outside the box, because a few seconds can mean the difference between life and death.

"If you use your belt, you can tighten this hydraulic hinge here [on a door] and that's going to create a lot of resistance," he said. "You can tie off that door handle and tie it to a desk that's too heavy to be pulled through or too big for the door frame."

Experts say to pay attention to co-workers' and classmates' behaviors and changes in those behaviors -- especially if they're suddenly isolating themselves or becoming irritable. And if a co-worker or classmate shows those signs or says something disturbing, go to your human resources department, school officials, or even the police.  



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