The Ohio Department of Homeland Security put together a training video to help Ohio schools prepare for an active shooter situation. The video was distributed to all 700+ district superintendents on Monday afternoon.
"So, these schools actually came to us. They wanted to share what they had experienced in the shooting experiences that they lived through. So we wanted to provide this opportunity so they could share their stories with other school administrators," said Kimberly Nagel, the Executive Director of Ohio's P-20 Center for Safety and Security.
"We want to empower schools and administrators and teachers to make the best decision in that moment. So the more they practice, the better those decisions are going to be to save lives."
The Ohio Department of Homeland Security says it will work with each school district on their school safety plan. Schools can then make their own action plan. They will also learn lessons from other schools to make their plans better.
In the event a shooting does happen, the plan also deals with helping students, teachers, administrators move forward.
"We want to get the students in a place where they feel the most comfortable. And often, that's back in that same school building. So we want to get them back in that environment, so they feel safe again. But we want to provide those counseling resources and those mental health resources so that the kids learn and can grow and don't get stuck in this negativity -- but they get stronger from these experiences they've had. It's not easy, it's not -- and it's gonna take a long time."
In addition, schools are adding wellness and positive behavior policies and programs to improve the culture of the school.