Schools Are Training Second-Graders to Attack Mass Shooters
Braden Kling, an eight-year-old from Middletown, Ohio, knows what to do. His school has prepared him for the moment of reckoning. “We have this big board and we hide behind that. If he comes in, we start throwing stuff,” he explains. “Pencils, chairs, boxes, books, markers. And then we escape.”
Spoiler: This is not what to do.
That people are successfully selling elementary schools on a training program for little kids that encourages them to attack shooters is a pretty clear demonstration of how far away we are from a rational conversation about guns.
First, it’s likely incredibly traumatic to encourage little kids to think about what they’ll do when someone comes to their school to murder them … and it’s really irresponsible since it’s incredibly unlikely that such a tragedy will come to pass.
Secondly, it’s a terrible idea to teach eight year olds to do anything other than hide if this very unlikely scenario does happen. Throwing pencils at a shooter means you aren’t hiding and that means it’s more likely that you’re a target.
Third, we ought to invest our time and energy to make it more challenging to obtain guns than to encourage eight year olds to attack armed assailants in elementary schools. It’s shocking that people think it’s more realistic to teach our kids to attack shooters than to find a way to make it harder for those shooters to get guns.
HT: Matt Langdon.