Teachers Learning To Fight Back When An Active Shooter Attacks

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UPDATED: Tuesday January 14, 2014 11:43 PM

Law enforcement is now more frequently teaching the ALICE method of response to better prepare for attacks on our kids.

It stands for Alert Lockdown Inform Confront Evacuate.

When an active shooter enters a school, student and teacher survival can depend on how they react.

A recent drill at Buckeye Valley West Elementary used a sheriff's deputy posing as a gunman, firing 75 shots in a little more than 30 seconds. He targeted staff members as they huddled as their students would, in traditional lockdown position.

“When you're actually in that situation, when you actually have a gun pointed at you and someone's yelling at you ‘die, die, die,’ it was a lot more intense than I expected it to be,” said Patricia Gregory, 3rd Grade Teacher

The teachers became the students for this exercise and even though the group was the final group in the entire Buckeye Valley District to go through the ALICE training, some of the teachers were still surprised at how real the scenarios were.

In another scenario, those under attack were allowed to fight back. It is a proactive approach Delaware County Sheriff's Deputy Fred Strawser recommends to fight off active threats.

“A lot less casualties when they respond, when I was here today, no one was injured in the second one,” said Deputy Fred Strawser, Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

The deputy in this scene was taken down in ten seconds. In the commotion, his gun misfired.

It was all too real for kindergarten teacher Jennifer McCreary. The exercises were staged in her everyday classroom.

“I am in charge of them. What would I say to my 21 parents if something happened to their child?” said Jennifer McCreary, Kindergarten Teacher.

Strawser believes a trained response can save more lives.

“I'm teaching them today, and they're going help me teach the kids tomorrow,” added Strawser.

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