In the wake of the deadly massacre at an Oregon community college, the controversial Oath Keepers militia group revealed a new plan last week to prevent school shootings, announcing its intention to form college and high school chapters to train students to “fight back.”
In an Oct. 9 statement posted on the group’s website, Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and media director Jason Van Tatenhove wrote that the “obvious answer to school shootings on college and high school campuses is that the students must stop submitting and cooperating in their own murders. They must fight back, and we will show them how.”
The school chapters will be set up as part of the Oath Keepers’ S.T.O.P. (Students Taking Over Protection Program), according to the statement.
“Oath Keepers military, police and first-responder instructors will teach the students to fight back with empty hands, improvised weapons, knives, and firearms, and will teach them effective combat mindset and awareness techniques and strategies so the students can be their own “first-responders” and take out an active shooter,” the statement reads.