It's scary, but they say it can save lives
There’s a debate brewing all over the U.K., as a short video is making rounds and making people nervous. Several highly-publicized deadly incidents have rocked Great Britain for the past few years, and many of them have been linked to fanatical Islamic terrorists bent on destabilizing Western culture. Such attacks have been perpetrated on citizens of many European cities during times of celebration or simply everyday life.
While people have committed to standing strong against terrorism, the Counter Terrorism Police UK decided to take an extra step in telling people how to protect themselves, if they find themselves surrounded by terrorists. To some, the video is a mild instructional tape on how to flee gunfire. To others, it’s a huge step in the wrong direction.
A Simple Video
On the British talk show This Morning, a controversial topic arose that tore viewers into many different directions. The U.K. has experienced numerous terror attacks in the last few years, so the Counter Terrorism Police UK created a video, teaching people what they should do in the event of a terrorist attack.
Run, Tell, Hide
The four-minute video instructs those who hear gunshots or screams in the distance to leave their belongings, compel others to get up and follow them to a safe area, leaving them behind if they won’t, and calling the police to inform them about the ensuing attack. If there’s no safe route, they are instructed to hide and create a barricade between themselves and the attackers.
This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby has three young children, and she feels that this dramatic clip is inappropriate for kids, saying, “You want your whole family to be aware. But I am not showing that to my children. It is frightening. It’s going to absolutely terrify them.”
A father attending the show agreed, stating, “If I was to show this to my son, it would beg a whole load of questions. It is just scaremongering.”