Can I Make My Company Take a Stand on Guns? – New York Times

In my high school, we were recently taught new procedures on school shootings. We were told to assess the situation (where the shooter is in the building) and choose one of the following: run, hide or fight. If the shooter is on the opposite side of the school, we were told to run and go to specific places in the community. If the shooter is near, we were told to hide. And if it’s life-threatening, we were told we should fight — throw anything we can. But some students are glorifying the idea of fighting the shooter and saving the day. My teacher told us she would protect us, and a student stood up and said, melodramatically: “No. I will disarm him in five seconds. I can’t wait to fight.” Some even say they won’t run or hide; they’ll go where the shooter is. Is this a normal reaction? And is it ethical for the school to tell them not to? Sydney McGaha

The response from your contemporaries displays two features of high school bravado. One is a belief (which tends to fade with age) in your invulnerability. Another is a tendency (which often persists into adulthood) to boast about the great things you’d do in difficult circumstances.

The real question is what you ought to do. The advice your school provided is based on advice from people in law enforcement. Unless you have an authoritative argument that these experts are wrong, it’s foolish to ignore this guidance. It’s also unhelpful. Your impetuous classmates could complicate the task of first responders. When you put yourself in harm’s way, you make it someone else’s job to try to rescue you.

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