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School shooting sparks debate: flee or fight back

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LEBANON, Ind. -

Hours after tragedy struck in Connecticut, parents at Lebanon Elementary picked up their kids at the regular time.

The Superintendent at Lebanon says that after the first school shootings in the 1990's, Indiana parents showed up right away to take their kids home. But now they've gotten used to these tragedies.

Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor says, "what happened today is unfortunate, but not uncommon."

But Lebanon schools are not complacent. They made contact with police partners today, part of their standard procedure when shootings happen anywhere in the United States.

Schools must have emergency plans, and in Connecticut, teachers seemed to play a key role.

Students told of how teachers got them into closets and backrooms.

Some police departments in Indiana train at schools to learn the layout should they have to return for real.

Carmel Junior Samuel Hurley says, "we do those drills in school. We are as prepared as you can be for it."

Their school, plus Hamilton Southeastern and others, teach older students what their options are if tragedy strikes. Those options include things from run to hide and fight.

"If they seek entrance to your room you have license to try and defend yourself as best as possible, says Carmel Junior Anakin Monson.

Older students might resist, but younger ones should run and hide, but most importantly they should follow teacher's orders.

Chuck Hibbert of Hibbert Safe School Consulting says he is not an advocate of students resisting, especially young students like the Connecticut victims.

Hibbert says, "we have to trust the school officials are training, they're prepared, are thinking about it. They're doing their lock down drills."

Lebanon Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor says, "it is almost impossible to train for every scenario. We are not police we are not fire. What we want to do is work with those individuals that are the trained experts."

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