The other side, from a 2013 article: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/05/halfways_active_shooter_drill.html
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"I think Halfway is breaking ground," said Eriks Gabliks, director of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in Salem. "They are doing what schools should be doing."
Counterterrorism expert Rabbi Arthur Zuckerman of Portland, one of the Portland Police Bureau's chaplains, agreed. Unless drills are realistic, they don't accomplish much, he said.
"That is how you are supposed to do a drill," Zuckerman said. "You don't tell them beforehand." ...
Zuckerman, 59, grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., served 2 1/2 years in the Israeli army and joined a kibbutz before becoming a rabbi. He has worked with SWAT teams and trained in terrorism awareness at the California Specialized Training Institute in San Luis Obispo.
He advocates teaching older students in public schools to react aggressively should a shooter enter a building.
"Everybody has stuff around their desks: backpacks, pencils, whatever," he says. "You start throwing stuff," and if necessary, "charge the guy."
Gabliks agrees: "Pick up a stapler, use a desk, use a chair. Don't be a victim," he says. Both believe planning to deal with a shooter is necessary. And only practice makes a plan work successfully, they said. Encouraging "situational awareness" on the part of students and teachers also is important, both said.
"If some kid is acting weird, out of the norm, it needs to be noted," said Zuckerman. "If a student is depressed, someone needs to be paying attention to this."