This is quite a change from the sort of default passivity that seems to have become the mainstay of so many of our institutions.Â Maybe assertiveness will trickle down and younger children won’t be so institutionalized as to sit by and do nothing while, say, an older student rapes a younger one on the school bus.
Hundreds of colleges across the nation have purchased a training program that teaches professors and students not to take campus threats lying down but to fight back with any “improvised weapon,” from a backpack to a laptop computer.
The program â€” which includes a video showing a gunman opening fire in a packed classroom â€” urges them to be ready to respond to a shooter by taking advantage of the inherent strength in numbers.
It reflects a new response at colleges and universities where grisly memories of the campus shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University are still fresh.
“Look at your environment through the lens of survival,” said Domenick Brouillette, who administered the course at Metropolitan Community College, which serves more than 20,000 students. “Survivors prepare themselves both mentally and emotionally to do what it takes. It might involve life-threatening risk. You may do something you never thought you were capable of doing.”