Rare training shows teachers how to respond to active shooter situation
EWING, Mo. (WGEM) -
What would happen if a gunman walked into your child's school? Local police and school officials trained for that scenario Wednesday at Highland High School.
"It gives us an opportunity to get together and think about what would be going through our minds," Lewis County Sheriff David Parrish said.
Even with this being the second time in two years for this training, Parrish says police learn something new every time.
"We learn what doors may lead to a certain closet or where they may be hiding," Parrish said.
Prepare for failure; that was one of the themes of Wednesday's training as teachers were taught how to use every-day items as a weapon.
"There's different maneuvers I never would've thought of," English Teacher Mike Martin said. "It's the reality of the world today. As much as people want to say it shouldn't be happening, unfortunately it is happening. We have to be prepared."
Even though it's impossible to be 100 percent protected, instructors recommend having several layers in place to slow a possible intruder down as much as possible.
For added security teachers now cover up all interior classroom windows. If an intruder gets in the building, covers would make it impossible to see into the class.
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