GENEVA – If an active shooter situation occurs, people have three options: run, hide or fight back.
Geneva Police Sgt. Eli Rivera, who was coordinating an active shooter drill for police and firefighters Aug. 1, held at St. Peter Catholic School in Geneva, spoke between sessions on what to do if an active shooter situation occurs.
“You should always attempt to run from the scene if you can. Run with your hands up facing forward, fingers splayed out,” Rivera said. “Officers are always going to look for the hands because the hands can hurt us.”
If you can’t run, then hide.
“Choosing a proper hiding location is critical,” Rivera said. “Lock the door, pull down the shades so you cannot be seen inside, and have enough furniture to block the doors to prevent someone from coming in."
And if you can’t run and you can’t hide – you fight.
“So, take matters into your own hands, knowing you have no other options – you can’t run, you can’t hide – the next thing you’re going to have to do is fight this individual and figure out a way to overpower him,” Rivera said.
Some schools have begun to provide students with hard rubber hockey pucks to use as a defense in an active shooter situation.
“They are issued on every desk for the students,” Rivera said. "They are all to grab and throw at the same time as a distraction."