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While schools across the nation are revisiting their lockdown plans and evacuation procedures in the wake of a spate of school shootings, crisis planning in Burleson, Texas, looks a little different. The 11-school, 8,500-student district is teaching students—even elementary-age pupils—to fight back if confronted by a gunman in the classroom. The district is thought to be the only one in the country embracing such a plan. Students are trained by instructors from the company Response Options, including Maj. Robin Browne, a British army reserve member. Browne tells children to "react immediately to the sight of a gun by picking up anything and everything and throwing it at the head and body of the attacker and making as much noise as possible." While there haven't been any parent complaints about the training so far, a spokesman for the local sheriff's department said he was concerned. "You're telling kids to do what a tactical officer is trained to do, and they have a lot of guns and ballistic shields," he said.

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I am a teacher of elementary students. Trust me if 20-27 students started throwing whatever was at their finger tips at an intruder, he'ld run like his hair was on fire.

While I teach more positive problem solving skills in my classroom in regards to the children's interaction with one another, if my own children are in a dangerous situation with an adult stranger my husband and I have taught them to yell at the top of their lungs, "He's not my daddy!", and kick and hit like crazy.

I think it's time we look at the problem a little differently. Being passive works in many areas but I don't think it has worked in this one.

This program has been cancelled; the district said they didn't know anything about it and did not support it. The teacher in charge has been placed on administrative leave.

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