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Palmyra teachers learn first-hand about active shooter situations

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PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -

As your kids head back to school, are they as safe as they can be? Staff for Palmyra School District are now learning how to respond to an active shooter situation.

The reactions are real, the shooter on the other hand isn't. It's all a part of active shooter training Thursday at Palmyra High School.

"Even though we are a small town, it can happen anywhere," said Speech Teacher Gabe Lewis.

Lewis was just one of more than 170 faculty members that learned first-hand what it would be like to be in a school shooting situation.

Various scenarios were played out, each time staff members learning different tactics on how to protect themselves and their students.

"We learned how to make a bridge from the door to the wall so, there's no way they can even move the door," said Lewis.

Even with fear involved, Special Education Teacher Emily Wellman says it's best to know how to perform under pressure.

"Especially with people with special needs, how am I going to protect these students and get them where they need to be?"

Faculty members say the skills learned throughout the training are invaluable, but something they hope they'll never have to use.

The training will continue Friday and Superintendent Eric Churchwell says he's planning on meeting with teachers to discuss what changes need to be made to their safety strategy.

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