With the rise of mass shooting events in the United States, many individuals are now required to take training courses and seminars in order to be employed in certain industries. For example, schools across the country now require teachers to partake in active shooter seminars and school safety workshops. I, for one, had to take two New York State mandated seminars on school violence and school safety—both of which taught us how to protect students in the scary situation of an active shooter in the building.
However, I am not alone in having to undergo these workshops. In fact, more often schools are having their staff undergo training sessions—just in case it does happen there. Always remember, never say “never.” With the rise of mass shootings, everyone is at risk.
Twitter user @lareinavicc went through an active shooter training at her job, and, she decided to share her experience with people online in case they were unable to attend these kinds of workshops.
I received active shooter training at work today that I feel will save my life in the unfortunate (and likely) event that someone will open fire in public so I’m gonna share my takeaways.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Some stuff is obvious, the rest might not be.
RT thread to save a life.
Disclaimer: I don’t say “likely” to offend. I say likely because mental health is a GROWING issue in this country. It is steadily being underfunded, yet guns are becoming more and more accessible (legally).— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Interesting. But that’s a convo for another day.
She started off saying that there are the A,B,C’S to avoiding an active shooter.
The ABC’S to remember in an active shooter scenario.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
This works at work, school, church, or any other building.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
A: Avoid— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
If you hear shooting inside and you are close to an exit, GET OUT. Seems obvious but in panic situations, our blood pressure rises and (some) might “forget” to breathe and will freeze.
You don’t breathe, your brain doesn’t get oxygen, making logical thinking impossible.
Not only do people freeze when in intense panic, in active shooter situations in the past, most of the individuals didn’t ACT. They immediately got under a table or behind a covering.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
THAT’S THE WORST THING TO DO.
Most of the active shooter situations had most casualties in the first 5 minutes of gunfire. It takes 5 minutes for police to even arrive.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
You gon wait on them or are you going to think logically to better your chances of survival?
Ok so let’s say you can’t avoid. You’re in a place with no back exit. What do you do?— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Next option: Baracade.
Baracading is about more than putting big furniture in front of inward opening doors. Or what if the doors open outward?— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
You need to physics it.
If the doors open inward, yes, put big furniture in front of the door but keep a doorstop. Kick it HARD under the door in the OPPOSITE direction of opening. This creates a simple machine (wedge) preventing opening.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
If the doors open outward, grab the closest cord (computer/extension/whatever) and tie the door closer TIGHT. The door closer is the metal thing at the top of the door. Wrap the entire thing as tight as can be. Prevents the door opening more than an inch or two. pic.twitter.com/yYF4IDYrgQ— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Be sure to knot the cord when you begin wrapping the door closer.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Or use the cord to wrap around the door knob while you (and whoever else is in the room) pulls it from the wall BESIDE the door. DO NOT STAND IN FRONT OF THE DOOR.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Can’t do that? Use the cord to wrap around a big piece of furniture and then tie it to the door knob tight. The shooter can not open the door without somehow pulling the oversized furniture through the door frame.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
You’ve barricaded the door, now what? Arm yourself with something. Anything. And then cut the lights off. Stand against the wall that the door is on and remain silent.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Do. Not. Get. Under. Any. Desks. Or tables.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Active shooters plan. They study past events and are expecting you to be there.
Remember that as SOON as the first shot is fired, the stopwatch starts and the shooter knows it’s only a matter of time at that point that they have to collect their bodies.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Those first 5 minutes can save your life.
Lastly, counter.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Avoiding is impossible and barricading didn’t work or you were not in a place that provided that opportunity.
Now is the time to really act because you have no choice.
When I say “barricading didn’t work” I mean, for example, didn’t tie the cord tight enough or knot it.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Now you’re face to face with the shooter. But remember. The lights are off. You’re NOT in the corner and you are NOT under desks.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
You have the upper hand.
It’s all about increasing time and throwing him/her off their plan, causing them to make mistakes.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
If you’re not a fighter (and this is legit the police recommendation) rip up paper and throw confetti at the shooter. It will confuse tf outta them while the fighters are prepping for a beat down. This idea threw me but, it might work so there’s that.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
If you’re a fighter, remember you’re beside the door. Most shooters carry handguns, easy to conceal.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
The lights are off and folks are not where they’re expected to be. Grab the top of the gun. If a shot is fired, it will jam and be rendered useless until fixed.
Do not grab in front of the muzzle. You. Will. Get. Shot. Grab the top of the barrel. For those of you who know how guns work, you see why it will jam. (Shell casing can’t escape before new bullet loads). pic.twitter.com/3oBRtIqBfk— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
You broke the shooters gun. While s/he’s paused, ATTACK. Beat they ass. All of y’all who have the strength to. If you kill him/her, you’ll be indicted but will NOT be prosecuted, as no DA will charge anyone who stops an active shooter.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Remember that most shooters have a second weapon so you beat them to the point where they can’t get to it.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Even beat them with the grip of their broken gun. But kick it away after. You don’t want a gun in your hand when the cops get inside.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
She went over everything again for everyone.
Alright. Now let’s back up. What happens if you were wounded in all of that?— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Shot doesn’t necessarily mean dead.
Now you need to SURVIVE.
The following tweets will frfr save a life if you’re shot in general.
An easy “first aid” shooters kit:— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
1- sandwich bag
2- sugar packets
3- light flow tampons
4- maxi pads
Sugar coagulates blood. If you’re ever shot, pour it into the wound and it will stop bleeding.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Remove applicator and stick a small sized tampon in the wound.
ANYTHING can be used as a turnicate. A cord. A bra. A shoe lace. A belt.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
You want to tie the turnicate as close to the heart as possible, depending on where shot.
If you’re shot in the leg, tie the turnicate close to the groin.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
I’d shot in the arm, tie it close to the armpit.
If not shot in an extremity, use the STICKY side of the maxi pad. Tell the victim to exhale and then place it over the wound so that they may now inhale. This makes it easier for lungs to still function, even though shot, while EMS arrives.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Try your best to BREATHE and be CALM.
Those were my takeaways. I remembered most of it. As a teacher, it hit home for me.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
5 minutes isn’t a lot of time but all that I just said can SAVE YOUR LIFE.
Once safe, THEN call the police. Trust, they will get called. Worry about your safety first.
The thing that bothered me the most today was hearing the almost FIVE MINUTE 911 call from a teacher at Columbine, describing the situation to the police and screaming at kids to get under tables.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
Meanwhile there was an emergency exit behind her.
A lot of those kids died.
We do fire drills in our school every month. There hasn’t been a student-related death by fire in America since the 50s. Meanwhile there are upwards of 800 active shooter deaths in America in the last 20+ years.— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
We need to know this information.
Getting under desks is a NO.
Be safe out here, y’all. 💋— V💋 (@lareinavicc) January 16, 2019
People online were scared, shocked, and had anxiety over the fact that it takes this much for a teacher to be prepared for an active shooter. But, many agreed that this was incredibly helpful.
This thread gave me anxiety— Serena’s romper (@_wondergay_) January 17, 2019
These are EXCELLENT!! Thank you so much for sharing!!— Ginger Wesson❩ ➡️ BUKU (@GingerWesson) January 19, 2019
thank u for this!! but i feel it’s important to note that mental health and gun violence need to unlink bc it puts even more stigma on ppl w mental illnesses— c (@COZMUH) January 21, 2019
Its crazy cuz i had training at work for this and they PRESSED SO HARD about hiding in the offices under the desks if you couldnt get out. They said to pull chairs in to hide yourself. And its hilarious cuz their next step was fight but like... ur under a desk?— 👻 Chemicalclowns 👻 (@Chemicalclowns) January 19, 2019
Thank you for sharing 🙏🏼— lulu owo (@banhmimami) January 21, 2019
Thank you SO MUCH for this. As a high school student, I got to school every day TERRIFIED that something might happen. This will definitely save lives 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕— 🍯🐻 Emma 🐻🍯 (@Echo_juliet02) January 19, 2019
This is some extremely important information and I’m thankful you’re sharing, but at the same time it’s pathetic that this is the sort of thing we have to learn— theo loves hobi 🍀 (@small_n_queer) January 21, 2019