Active Shooter in the Workplace?

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What would you do if a shooter entered your workplace?

Clayton County residents attended a class designed to train everyday people for what they would do in an active shooter situation.From the Colorado theatre shooting, where a young man is accused of walking into a dark movie theatre in head-to-toe body armor and killing a dozen innocent people, to the Newton school massacre, where another young man is accused of fatally shooting 20 children and six adults, it’s these types of horrifying stories that many of us ask ourselves, ‘What would I do if I were ever in a situation like that?’

Clayton County’s Emergency Management Agency led the class Monday on what people need to know to stay protected in those situations.

“People always think. ‘I know what I’m going to do if this happens,’ but you really don’t, unless you’ve sat down and thought it out,” said Capt. Walter Barber of the Clayton County Fire Department. Attendees were shown a video produced by the Department of Homeland Security to teach people that their survival depends on whether they have a plan.

Three main things officials teach are:

Run: get out of the building.

Hide: get out of the shooter’s view

-And as a last resort, fight for your life.

Roy Baker, who works in the Clayton County school system, says that while they constantly do drills, every bit of information helps. “A lot of our teachers are a little bit worried, they’re always on guard. The protection of the kids is the most important thing,” Baker said.

The people in this class said they’re aware that a mass shooting can occur anywhere and the best defense is to be prepared. The workshop also went into how to spot any potentially violent employees. There are already plans for more workshops.