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How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School 894

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from the factory-schooling dept.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Ray Sanchez reports at CNN that the handling of Friday's shooting at Arapahoe High School, just 10 miles from the scene of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, drew important lessons from the earlier bloodshed. At Arapahoe High School, where senior Claire Davis, 17, was critically injured before the shooter turned the gun on himself, law enforcement officers responded within minutes and immediately entered the school to confront the gunman rather than surrounding the building. As the sound of shots reverberated through the corridors, teachers immediately followed procedures put in place after Columbine, locking the doors and moving students to the rear of classrooms. "That's straight out of Columbine," says Kenneth Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services. "The goal is to proceed and neutralize the shooter. Columbine really revolutionized the way law enforcement responds to active shooters." Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson credits the quick police response time for the fact that student Karl Pierson, the gunman, stopped firing on others and turned his weapon on himself less than 1 minute, 20 seconds after entering the school. Authorities knew from research and contact with forensic psychologists that school shooters typically continue firing until confronted by law enforcement. "It's very unfortunate that we have to say that there's a textbook response on the way to respond to these," says Trump, "because that textbook was written based on all of the incidents that we've had and the lessons learned (PDF).""
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How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School

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  • Re:Rule #1 (Score:3, Funny)

    by fatphil (181876) on Sunday December 15, 2013 @10:09AM (#45694565) Homepage
    It may be +5 insightful now, but just wait until the yanks wake up...

    I've got my popcorn...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 15, 2013 @10:31AM (#45694711)

    Colorado mining companies are to blame for releasing all those metals into the environment causing mental illness.

  • Re:Rule #1 (Score:4, Funny)

    by Greyfox (87712) on Sunday December 15, 2013 @10:41AM (#45694767) Homepage Journal
    We're afraid if they terk oer guns, some king will come in and try to oppress us again. As long as we have our guns, we're quite happy to live with a corrupt government that's happy to stack the deck in the favor of the wealthiest citizens in exchange for the funding to stay in power. We're quite happy to sit around and watch them dismantle all the social safety nets and worker's benefits that our grandparents' unions negotiated, and the only down side is one or two massacres a day. They're so common now that usually if only two or three people get shot, it won't even be reported on the national news. And we like it that way. Obviously. Anyone who tries to terk oer guns quickly finds themselves un-elected. After Sandy Hook, a couple of Colorado Democrats passed some legislation that stated something to the effect of if you were mentally ill you couldn't get a gun. One of them was recalled and another resigned because it looked as if the recall effort was going to pass. But hey, at least some king isn't oppressing us!
  • Re: Rule #1 (Score:2, Funny)

    by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Sunday December 15, 2013 @12:41PM (#45695613) Homepage Journal

    And how would the residents of Dresden have fared during the Allied firebombing of their city if they had their small arms?

    Well, had it been an American city, the citizens could have hopped on their 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns and done something about it.

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