The Courier- Lincoln, IL

Increasingly common pamphlets set on the desks for new employees around the country cover response scenarios for a workplace shooter, advising them first to find an escape route and, failing that, to take shelter in a dark office and hide under the desk. What relatively few companies have covered is the third option. Fearful of encouraging their employees to take deadly risks and make a bad situation worse, most companies have avoided giving any advice on how to confront a violent gunman. Until now, the Washington Post recently reported, companies across the country have begun to embrace the idea of confronting gunmen in the office. In classes conducted by groups such as the ALICE Training Institute, workers and students are taught how to counterattack and defend themselves, with an emphasis on tactics such as building barricades, throwing nearby objects at the gunman and coordinating an attack together (“rushing the shooter”). Read more