What to Do When Violence Occurs
Thanks to: The War on Guns
- Try to stay calm. Raising your own voice may increase the anxiety of a potentially violent person.
- Speak slowly, softly, and clearly to reduce the momentum of the situation.
- Listen empathetically by really paying attention to what the person is saying. Let the person know that you will help them within your ability to do so or you will send for additional help.
- Do not agree using distorted statements or attempt to argue.
- Avoid defensive statements. This is not the time to place blame on the enraged person.
- Ask the belligerent person to leave the area and come back when they feel calmer.
- Ask questions to help regain control of the conversation.
- Ask uninvolved parties to leave the area if this can be done safely.
- Use the prearranged code word to alert your coworker(s) to call the Campus Police.
- Never challenge, try to bargain, or make promises you cannot keep.
- Describe the consequences of any violent behavior.
- Avoid challenging body language such as placing your hands on your hips, moving toward the person, or staring directly at them. If seated, remain in your chair and do not turn your back on the individual.
- Do not physically touch an outraged person, or try to force them to leave.
- Move away from any object, such as scissors or heavy objects that could be used as a weapon.
- Calmly ask the person to place any weapons in a neutral location while you continue to talk to them.
- Never attempt to disarm or accept a weapon from the person in question. Weapon retrieval should only be done by a police officer.
OR...As Opined By Anything Remotely Resembling A Male Of The Species...
1.) Draw your own weapon and shoot the sumbitch between the eyes.
2.) Immediately dial 911 so that sworn public servants may be summoned to remove the carcass before it stinks the place up.
3.) Repeat when necessary.