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Teachers Get 'Active Shooter' Training

Strongsville police are visiting each school to teach staff how to handle someone with a gun

 

Strongsville police are going into each school in the district to train teachers and staff in new methods of handling an active shooter.

Police Chief Jim Kobak said the department has conducted intruder alert drills in the schools for years, but is introducing new techniques aimed at giving staff more power.

"Never before have we asked teachers to engage a shooter," Kobak said. "Now we're giving them an option -- if you're faced with no other choice, you can go ahead and attack that intruder."

The training includes drills and officers firing blanks for added realism, as well as to teach teachers to distinguish between different types of weapons.

Superintendent John Krupinski said he spoke with employees at one of the first schools to undergo the training and found a positive reaction.

"I think the staff felt much more empowered," he said.

Council President Mike Daymut said the same thing this week after speaking with school staff.

"They feel much more secure," Daymut said.

Mayor Tom Perciak said a security analysis is being completed for each school.

"We wanted to make certan we were very proactive on this," he said.

The fresh look at school security was prompted by the Dec. 14 shooting of 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

"A lot of this we've been doing for years," Kobak said. "But you always want to re-evaluate and see if you can do things better."

tom m February 21, 2013 at 03:05 PM
I agree with Winston .......tear down those "no guns allowed signs" and replace them with warnings "CCW protocol in place anyone found with a weapon past this point will be neutralized " allow CCW qualified staff/teachers to carry their weapon to school, I think some would feel safer being allowed to defend themselves ,.... they would be the unknown wildcard that should prevent a shooter from targeting a school ....why target a school that might be armed ....when there is a nice safe mall with "no guns allowed signs" just a block away .....and if you remember the Colorado movie theater shooting the gunman chose that theater not because it was close to his house (there were 5 closer and even larger ) but it was the closest theater that had a "no guns allowed" sign
Ken McEntee February 21, 2013 at 03:06 PM
I agree with Winston Smith. Teachers all over Ohio are taking advantage of a program to get free Concealed Carry training from the Buckeye Firearms Association. Some Ohio districts already allow CCW licensed staff to carry and many others are considering it. It is now the responsibility of five elected school board members to decide whether our buildings are going to be a comfort zone for armed psychos, or a deterrent to armed psychos. Truthfully though, I am troubled by the undertone of this article. "Now we're giving them an option -- if you're faced with no other choice, you can go ahead and attack that intruder." Really? Do human beings need to be given permission - an official "option" - to defend themselves and children against a psycho with a gun? It seems to me that defense against being murdered is a decision that transcends the jurisdiction of the local authorities - or even the school district's Zero Tolerance policy against self defense. But I guess that's the direction in which society is moving: Do not think for yourself. I am delighted that the "staff feels more empowered" now that they have permission to exercise self-defense. It's a step in the right direction. I guess.
lyn February 21, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Watch this video - it was from Channel 5 last night. http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/oh_wayne/Orrville-teachers-get-lesson-in-staying-ahead-of-an-active-shooter Its about using the "ALICE" method - alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate Some of the the things said in the video: "building on the old lockdown method that may have cost lives at Sandy Hook" "why lock children with a gunman in a school for 15 minutes" "escaping rather than cowering in a classroom corner" I agree with what is said on here.
tom m February 21, 2013 at 03:30 PM
A perfect example is the Oregon mall shooting .... a shooter firing at random people as they flee looks up to see someone kneeling besides a pillar with his CCW firearm pointed at him .... the shooter retreats into a stairway and killed himself
Ken McEntee February 21, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Lyn. I agree. Many law enforcement experts have been telling parents for years - this could be life or death. Screw the bureaucracy. Instruct your kids to get the hell out of the building if at all possible and run like hell. In fact, there was a report last year by a former cop and tactical training expert called the "Parent's Guide to School Shootings," which was highly critical of the accepted "lockdown" policy and encouraged parents to review escape plans with their kids. I sent this report to the administrators and board members last year. Whether any of the advise was implemented, I have no idea. But if anybody is interested in reading it, I will post it on my website at http://www.recycle.cc/escape.pdf.

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