Teachers ''schooled'' on active shooter situations
Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:06:52 GMT —
Local school administrators and police officers spent Tuesday morning going over a course titled "Active Shooter Training for Educators."
"If somebody's walking into a school building with a gun, they're walking into that school building to kill," says Law Enforcement Training Officer James Burk.
Every school and individual teacher needs to have a plan in place, as well as a backup plan, according to Burk. "Maybe what we're doing isn't the best option all the time. We need to look back at some of these [school shootings] incidents and say, do we need to change how we do things? do we need to change how we train?"
For learning purposes, those in attendence watched as Burk laid out the exact timeline for both the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings.
"You want to be as safe as possible. So the more you know, the better chance we have of to create a safe environment for our students and our school system," says Ottawa Hills Superintendent Kevin Miller.
In both shooting cases, the killers had prepared extensively, but the teachers had no training for such an event, and made the only choice they could think of, which was a lock-down.
"We should all be trained in how to lock-down. But not just lock-down, but barricade," explains Burk. Maybe lock-down isn't the best option at that point, and if we need to look at evacuating then we need to look at evacuating."
The administrators will take the information they received back to their respective schools and put the training to work.
While much of the training that took place Tuesday focused on what to do in response to an active shooter, officials say it's equally important to be able to identify a threat before something happens.