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Active Shooter Training can save lives

January 30, 2013 - Linda Lobeck
There have been some interesting comments submitted after a story I wrote this week on the Active Shooter Training held at Kingsford High School.

One person questioned the validity of a shooting a day last week in the U.S. This was information that was provided by law enforcement personnel, who have access to more data than I do through the internet.

But just searching for school shootings in January, yielded nine different stories from other newspapers — Jan. 7 at Sullivan Central High School in Bountville, Tenn.; Jan. 10 at Taft Union High School in Taft, Calif.; Jan. 12 at Osborn High School in Detroit; Jan. 15 at Stevens Institute of Business and Arts in St. Louis, Mo.; Jan. 15 at Hazard Ky. at Hazard Community and Technical College; Jan. 16 at Chicago State University in Chicago; Jan. 22 at Lone State College in Houston, Texas; Jan. 28 at North Ward Elementary School in Tuscola, Ala.; and Jan. 29 in Midland City, Ala.

And how many of these shootings do you remember hearing about?

I’m sure there were a lot more that I didn’t find by using one search engine but I think you get my point. To me this story has nothing to do with gun control. It has everything to do with the necessity for this type of training in our schools.

I only sat through the first part of the presentation Monday, but to say it was eye opening and intense doesn’t fully describe it. Listening to the 9-1-1 call from Columbine High School was heart wrenching. No one was prepared for such a situation in the school. Like the presenter said, they had been focused in tornado and fire drills not what to do if an active shooter was in the building. Sometimes I think we are numb from all of the news every day and it takes the death toll of 26 in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. to get people’s attention. That’s unfortunate and a sad reflection on society as a whole. Even when the presenter Monday gave a list of all of these school shootings that have been going on since Columbine, there were many I only had a vague recollection of happening.

I think the most important thing to take from this training conducted is that it may buy the staff and students vital minutes if an active shooter ever comes into one of the buildings. Every minute counts when it comes to keeping children and staff alive so that law enforcement can arrive.

 
 

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