GINA COBB: Kids Being Taught to Fight Back in Case of Classroom Attack hits a point that a lot of people are afraid to address. “Kids are so rigorously taught to obey adults in our society and in the school system specifically — and commendably so — that many of them now need to be taught the opposite. They need to be given permission to disobey strangers and gunmen in life-threatening situations. They need to be told when it is O.K. to actively struggle, resist, and fight back.” This was huge eye opener for me. I had never thought about this as a need, but it is one of those things that is obvious once it is presented to you. My seven year old daughter is one who I am sure would not know how to confront a bully, let alone someone with a gun. It just saddens me that this is something our kids have to worry about. Now I have to think of a way to address this with her.