Instructor: Cary Gallop, Alachua County Sheriff's Office
The Active Shooter Awareness PowerPoint is a comprehensive look at the
Psychological Profile of the different personalities of some active shooter suspects, relationships to the victims, locations and planning techniques. After explanation and/or discussion of who, when, where and why, we also break down the actions that can be taken from the statement Run, Hide, Fight. This course encourages interactive discussion with the audience and is not in any way an absolute answer to every situation.
Phase II is the scenario based option that highlights 4 actions. Three pieces of equipment are supplied to perform this block of instruction:
1. Nerf Gun with nerf ball ammunition, for the shooter
2. Stress Balls, for arming the students in the fight side of the scenario
3. Whistle or air horn to simulate the stimulus of a gun being fired
Action 1: Just lay there and take it. A role player chosen from the audience becomes the shooter, is given a nerf gun with approximately 20 rounds and taken out of the room. The audience is then briefed, that they are to take no defensive physical or verbal actions. Simply to stay put and let the shooter fire on them. After the scenario a brief discussion on how it felt
Action 2: After the shooter is again lead out of the classroom the remaining students are given stress balls. They are given instruction that when they hear the whistle blowing to ready themselves to throw the stress balls at the shooter when entry is made. After the scenario, a brief discussion on how it felt and did it change the outcome of the scenario.
Action 3: Is the ambush of the shooter. A new shooter is chosen from the students and again led out of the classroom. The students are then briefed that when they hear the whistle blowing to ready themselves with their stress balls and several near the doors that the shooter might enter. When the shooter enters, throw stress balls and the guardians at the door are to grab the end of the gun and force the barrel towards the ground and pin the shooter against the wall so they can not move. After the scenario, a brief discussion on how it felt and did it change the outcome of the scenario.
Action 4: I need to leave the area before the shooter enters my room. A new shooter is again chosen and led out of the classroom. The Students are briefed that there will be 4 whistle blows signifying the gun blasts. When they hear the first one, get out of the classroom as quickly and silently as possible. This is of course the safest and best action to take when it’s available but ultimately not always can happen.