When there's a shooting at your child's school, you probably don't want him or her to try to physically overtake the gunman.
But on the off chance you do, the folks at Fox News have provided a quick, four-minute instructional video for children that fails to advise them to run and hide.
The network aired a segment on Tuesday titled “How To Teach Your Kids To Fight Back," in which two accomplished martial arts instructors advise kids to try to overpower shooters and grab weapons with their bare hands.
"Five seconds can be the difference between life and death," "Fox & Friends" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck tells viewers before explaining how kids can prepare themselves for violence.
What the segment neglects to inform viewers, however, is that fighting back should be "a last resort," as the Department of Homeland Security advises.
In an online brochure describing how one should respond to a shooter, DHS instructs the public to first evacuate the area, and if that’s not possible, to find a safe hiding place.
Instead, Krav Maga instructor Soke Tony Morrison tells viewers, "As soon as he comes and he has his weapon out, we're going to attack the weapon immediately, and start to attack the gunman.”
Of course, once that happens, there’s no going back -- as Morrison points out.
"Once you engage the gunman, you have to just take him out. You have to fight strong, so you're not actually going to try to get away until you make sure that you've done some damage to him. Because if you don't, then he'll just pursue you,” he says.
In the video, a co-instructor helps demonstrate the tactics as Morrison holds out a stapler as a gun. Two of Morrison’s Krav Maga students, who appear to be in their early teens, later repeat the moves on each other.
When Hasselbeck asks Morrison's students if they practice active shooter drills at school, they say "yes." One student says this involves practicing how to hide from a gunman in the classroom.
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