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October 6, 2013

CEPEDA: Training teachers to fight back

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Knowing that your school’s employees could have received such training might make you feel more confident about your children’s daytime safety or it may turn your stomach.

But if FEMA’s numbers — 34 percent of 84 active shooter events between 2000 and 2010 involved schools — continue to climb and more educators get trained to go beyond avoiding confrontation, it’s reasonable to at least debate whether to offer some legal refuge to those teachers and staff who make the decision to protect others from a perceived threat.

Esther J. Cepeda is a columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group. She can be reached at estherjcepeda@washpost.com.

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