Active Shooter Plan

Remember These Words: Avoid, Deny, Defend
February 26, 2019

TYLER, TEX. – “Denial gets you killed,” warned Tyler Police Officer Chuck Boyce to more than 100 church and community members at the Tyler Seventh-day Adventist Church during the first Active Shooter Preparedness presentation.

Officer Boyce has a personal mission to prepare civilians in self-defense after attending active shooter training for police officers. He learned many innocent people die because they don’t know what to do, or worse, they follow a plan that simply doesn’t work.

Boyce shared the following tips: If you are in an active shooter situation, remember three simple words, avoid, deny, defend. When you avoid a situation, you’re going to get yourself out of the shooter’s vicinity and to a safe location. If you are unable to escape, initiate deny, and use any available means to prevent the shooter access to your location. Lock the doors, and then use desks as barricades. Turn off the lights and hide in a corner. If you are unable to get out or hide, then you must defend yourself.

By Christina Kinney