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'Run, hide, fight' has become a mantra for how to act during a mass shooting. Here's what it really involves

(CNN)In an era where mass shootings are all too common, "run, hide, fight" has become a mantra. When faced with an active shooter, proponents say adults and students should try to escape the area or protect themselves. And as a last resort, they're advised to counter the gunman.Whether they were acting on training or instinct, two students in the past two weeks chose the last option. Eighteen-year-old Kendrick Castillo lunged at a classmate who pulled out a gun at their suburban Denver school, while 21-year-old Riley Howell knocked a gunman off his feet at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.The heroic actions of both students cost them their lives. But some experts say they acted appropriately, giving others around them time to ...
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