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Real or Hoax: Government pamphlets entitled, “What To Do When The Veteran In Your Classroom Attempts A Mass Shooting”

Real or Hoax: Government pamphlets entitled, “What To Do When The Veteran In Your Classroom Attempts A Mass Shooting”

A report claims that the Obama Administration has recently handed out pamphlets entitled, “What To Do When The Veteran In Your Classroom Attempts A Mass Shooting.” Is this story true or false?

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The article is satire.

The humorous article was originally published on the humorous website The Duffel Blog on November 11, 2013. The story humorously states that the pamphlets are the latest in a series by the government:

The pamphlet is part of a new series of educational tools designed to help teachers cope with the rise of armed attacks in schools.

It follows similar instructional products like “What To Do When The Hispanic In Your Classroom Attempts A Mass Shooting,” “What To Do When The Gay Student In Your Classroom Attempts A Mass Shooting,” and “What To Do When The Special-Needs Child In Your Classroom Attempts A Mass Shooting.”

The Duffel Blog article has been shared on social media without clarification that it is a work of satire, sparking angry comments on the false story.

The Duffel Blog

A glance at the Duffel Blog’s “A brief history” reveals the humorous nature of the website:

The Duffel Blog is sometimes referred to as “The military version of The Onion,” but this is a popular misconception. The misnomer was cleared up in May 2012 when TDB staff successfully conducted an airborne assault on the offices of The Onion News Network so that others would know “The Onion was actually the civilian version of The Duffel Blog.”

Bottom Line

There is no such pamphlet called “What To Do When The Veteran In Your Classroom Attempts A Mass Shooting.” This claim stems from a humorous article on a satirical website.

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