Marietta police set second ‘active shooter’ seminar

The turnout was so great for the “active shooter” seminar Wedneday night that the Marietta Police have issued a rain check for those who did not get in for advice on how to survive.

The next seminar will be on from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the Marietta Middle School.

RSVP by sending an email to with your name, phone number and number of people attending.

The 800-person Marietta High School theater was filled to capacity Wednesday night as police explained the best survival techniques for people caught up with a gunman looking to kill as many as possible.

A key point of the program, called Civilian Response to an Active Shooter Event, was: Don’t curl up in the fetal position. Instead, know where the exits are.

Lt. Jake King told the crowd that 20 of the 32 people killed during the 2007 Virginia Tech attack were shot lying in the fetal position.

“Lying in the fetal position and begging for your life is not the answer,” King said Wednesday. “Hide and hope is not (the best) option.”

The better option, King said, is to “avoid, deny and defend.”

“Folks you are not helpless,” Marshall said. “What you do matters. You can change the course of (an event), hopefully for yourself but surely for other people.”

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