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No "casualties" reported during large-scale active shooter training exercise

The traditional way of thinking when it comes to mass shootings is that the person holding the gun needs to be stopped as quickly as possible, by whatever means necessary.

In recent years, Crook County Sheriff's Office has placed its faith in the opposite approach, pioneering a way of thinking that shifts focus onto the individuals in the path of that gun and gives them the tools to protect themselves.

"It's empowering the kids and the teachers to do things by themselves – not wait on law enforcement, not be huddled in a corner. You do what you need to do to avoid the situation," says Sheriff...