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Americans Filling Classes on How to Survive Mass Shootings

Popularity has soared for classes that teach how to survive a mass shooting.

Since the Columbine shooting in 1999, fears have risen nationally of mass shootings. While this type of training is common in schools, colleges and businesses, training for the general public is on the rise. Police have offered "awareness training" in Livonia, Michigan and Douglasville, Georgia.

Lt. Scott Giles, a class instructor in Amarillo, said "This is really just something that was born out of necessity. Active shooter events just continue to happen." A class offered by a Westerville, in Ohio, filled up so quickly that they had to schedule a second class for later this month.

Retiree Tom Madine, 67, who attended the first Westerville class last month with his wife, Sue Madine, said "We just feel the world has changed. There's evil out there." Some of the tips include that if you're hiding, always turn the lights off.

In addition, the best exit in an emergency is not always the way you came in. Also, last resort weapons may include the closest chair, a pair of scissors or a blunt object.

Photo: GJ Sentinel

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