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What Active Shooter Training Could Add To School Safety

Of the many solutions to mass shootings being discussed, one is active shooter training

Law enforcement agencies are deployed at Santa Fe High School, located in Galveston County, because of the shooting incident that happened in the morning of May 18, 2018.

Santa Fe High School was already what some would call a “hardened” school.

It had done active shooter drills and was considering arming some teachers. It even received a safety award. Two school officers were on site and stopped the massacre after four minutes.

Still, 10 people were killed and 13 injured.

Of course, there might have been more victims without the school’s preparations.

Scott Hare is a retired police lieutenant and now with Armoured One. The firm provides active shooter training in school districts across the country.

Lacking details, he wouldn’t comment on anything that might have mitigated the Santa Fe High School shooting further.

In general, he said, it has to be a holistic approach and include every single staff member, including school bus drivers.

 “The world has changed and you may have to defend yourself or your students with deadly force because somebody’s using deadly force against yourself or your students,” Hare said. “And if they’re not prepared to take that action, unfortunately society is going to dictate that they need to think about a different job.”

Other things could include bulletproof classroom windows and having staff monitor all kids that come into the school every day.

Hare visited Santa Fe High School after Friday’s shooting. He said they’re learning new things after every school shooting and adjusting their training accordingly.

Hare said he offered his firm’s services to the Santa Fe Independent School District and is waiting to hear back.

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