Rutland, VT-

In the face of nearly weekly mass shootings across the country, schools in Vermont are taking a hard look at the traditional lockdown.Locking the doors and shutting the blinds works, many school and law enforcement officials say — but not in all circumstances. In others, they say, it’s better to run — or even fight back.School shootings nationwide compel a “conversation about how to expand our schools’ existing emergency response plans,” state Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe and Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn told Vermont schools in a recent memo.“We have learned that no one-size response plan fits each active shooter incident and that teachers, administrators and students need to have an ‘options-based response approach’ that is available to them, based on the specific set of circumstances they are dealing with,” the memo said. Read more