October 7, 2001    





If you were in the rest room at work or school, heard shots fired outside in the hall, then heard your best friend calling for help, would you go out and help or hide inside the room?

I would like to believe I would go out there to find my friend.

Janet, 44
E. Brunswick

I think I'd whip out my cell phone and call for help and then try and see inside the room wityhout going into it. Maybe shimming out the window in the bathroom and then walking arround the building unill I could see through another window. Then maybe I could get some more help or, try and come in the back and take the attacker off guard.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

I, like most people, would like to think that I wold help without hesitation. However, I can't know for sure unless found in such a situation.

Felicia, 35

ooh, that's a hard one! In a rational-sitting-in-uni-meant-to-be-doing-something-else kind of way I'd say that I would hide at least until the shooting seemed to have stopped, as getting myself hurt too would help no-one, and then I would go out, and try and help ... hopefuly I will never have to find out what I would do ...

Alice, 21
Winchester  UK

I think I'd be exiting the room. It's not like there's another way out and you can't be found. I believe it is in me to help when I have to. I think that's an 'I have to' situation.

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA

Naturally, I'd like to think I would go out and help, but until I was faced with the actual situation, I could not really predict what my reaction would be.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

Best friend calling for help? I'd try to get to him in a New York minute. Not because it's the 'right' thing to do ... or even a 'brave' thing to do; it would be to me the only thing to do.

Fisch, 46
, CT   USA

I'd prolly go out and help-my best friend is more important than life itself to me.

Angela, 17
Bella Vista

Wow that is a really creative question! Call me crazy, but I would go out and help. I couldn't have that on my concience.

Dianne, 17
Ontario  CANADA

I would go outside and help my friend

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

It wouldn't have to be my best friend calling for help. I'd go to help a total stranger or a friend. I'd give lie to my faith if weren't ready to die for another person.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

I'm sure my instinctual response would be to hide, but I certainly hope that I'd have the moral fortitude to help my friend. I know for sure if I didn't, I would spend the rest of my life regretting it.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills

I can't answer in the abstract--there are far too many variables.

Jill, 60

Probably. Not particularly out of bravery or love, just because I'd be too thick for it to occur to me that I was in danger.

Johanna, 18

I would definetely go out and help my friend. If I did stay in the rest room and something happened to my friend, I would never forgive myself.

Becky, 16

I'd go out to help my friend. But I'd make sure my fly was up before I left the restroom. That could be embarrassing.

Ryan, 28
Riedlingen  GERMANY

Absolutely, without a doubt.

Ry, 23

Go out and help...no doubt about it!

Tracy, 24
Ocean City
, NJ   USA

If my best friend were out there calling for help, I'd be there in front of the bullets for him.

Karen, 22

I would help. I would not be able to live with myself if I didn't help.


I think it's generally a good idea not to walk into the path of gunfire.

Alias Irrelevante

i would help my friend and not just hide like a coward, but that's just me.


I'd like to think I would go out and help. I think that I would need more info though. Do the shots sound like they came from near my friend or somewhere else? Can I look out in the hall without being seen?  I would want to help - but I would not want to commit suicide. I would want a better assessment of the situation.


The thing to do in this situation is to remember that if you are hurt, you can't help anyone else. So, here's what you do. Open the door just a crack. Look out. Is the shooter looking in your direction? Jump back in and hide! Now they know there's somebody in there and you're screwed. But if the shooter is not looking at you, then, lie down on the floor. Stick your head and shoulders out. Play dead. Whenever the shooter is not looking, slither an inch or so out of the restroom. They will not be looking at the bodies on te floor, they'll be keeping an eye out for people walking or running...

Theresa W., 23

If I heard shots from anywhere, I wouldn't go to the wounded and help becuse I wouldn't know what to do and risk myself getting hurt or killed in the process. I would stay until I felt it was safe and call 911. It may seem cowardess but I don't know how to care for someone injured. Only thing I could do is comfort them until help came but I can't do that if I'm hurt or killed.

Stephanie, 25

My husband is my best friend and if I heard him calling for help, I would bust my butt getting to him, no matter the consequences.

Reba, 51+
Silver Spring

Definitely. I've always had more concern for others safety than my own.

Jennifer, 19

I definetly would do the best I could to help. Even if it meant having to sneak up behind the gunman (if the is one standing out there) and knocking him down.

Ivan, 20
, VA   USA

I would escape through the window in the bathroom and use my cell phone to call 911. If there wasn't a window in the bathroom, I'd sit my ass down on the toilet, feet up, and call 911 from there. If I had a pen and paper with me, I'd write OUT OF ORDER and stick it to the door with the tape left there from the last OUT OF ORDER sign..or PARTY AT BOB'S sign, or whatever. Or used chewing gum revitalized by tap water. Or whatever weird junk I happen to have in my purse at the time.

Kristin, 20

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