So you’re stuck in a school shooting and all you have is a stabbing implement and possibly some pepper spray. What do you do? First of all, I want to emphasize that neither tactics nor weapons are the most important thing in a fight. The fighting mindset is. The British Major W. E. Fairbairn described the fighting mindset this way, during World War Two: “You cannot afford the luxury of squeamishness. Either you kill or capture, or you will be captured or killed. We’ve got to be tough to win, and we’ve got to be ruthless – tougher and more ruthless than our enemies.” Adopt this mindset, and nothing will be able to keep you from having at least a fighting chance for survival.
Now, about tactics. As soon as you hear gunshots, drop to the ground. From here, access whatever improvised weapons you have. If at all possible, crawl closer to the psychopath without being seen. You have two options with pepper spray. The first is to spray the psychopath, duck back under the desks, and MOVE, because he will almost certainly fire in your direction. Now crawl to a different position, from where you can charge at him. The second option is to spray the psychopath, move laterally (once again, in case he shoots in your direction), and then immediately rush him.
If you don’t have pepper spray, you might want to wait until the murderer is reloading or clearing a jam before you rush him. Then again, you might not: a lot of people could die while you wait. Once you begin your charge, surprise, speed, and determination are everything. A mass murderer is usually a coward at heart. He will not be expecting anyone to fight back. Take advantage of the few seconds he is thrown off guard, and close the distance. You may be shot. Ignore the pain. The majority of gunshot wounds are NOT fatal. Make sure that the wounds you inflict on the murderer ARE.
The best target for a stabbing implement (scissors, pocket knife, pen) is the neck. The windpipe, carotid arteries, and spinal cord are all located here. Hold your weapon in reverse (“icepick”) grip for maximum strength (especially with a not-so-sharp weapon like a pen, you’ll need to put all the force you can into your stabs). Stab into the psychopath’s neck. Don’t be satisfied with a surface wound, sink your weapon deep inside the scumbag. Once the weapon is buried in his neck, don’t just take it out, TEAR it out. Pull the whole length of the weapon toward you, so that instead of exiting through the entry wound, it creates a larger one. The overall attack should look like a clawing motion. While doing this, use your free hand to grab onto the scumbag and pull him towards you. You DON’T want him to break away and create distance, from where you won’t be able to stab him but he’ll be able to shoot you. Continue stabbing until he drops his weapon or stops moving.
If you have a heavy, blunt improvised weapon like a Maglite, grip it with both hands. Aim for the sides of the skull. Hit as hard as you possibly can: your goal is to CRUSH the skull. A single solid blow should at least stun the murderer, but continue hitting until he drops his weapon or stops moving.
The plan of action I recommend here is neither the safest nor the most legally appropriate way to deal with, say, a mugging. It is ONLY for when you are faced with a psychotic individual determined to commit mass murder. You will probably never be faced with such an individual. But if you are, I hope that you WILL stop him.