Police train educators with school shooting drills
About 75 educators attended Tuesday's session, where Limerick Police Chief Bill Albany and Upper Providence Sgt. Rob Solorio gave a presentation about school shootings, answered questions (Is it better to shelter in place or run?), and dispelled some outdated notions about safety ("A cafeteria table is not cover.") After the lecture, the office staff, administrators, janitors, and some teachers participated with police officers in drills. Some were assigned to be in their offices; others were told to play students or shooting victims.
Maren Bhalla, a college and career counselor at Spring-Ford Area High School, said the workshop was eye-opening - especially the part about not hiding under a table. "When I was a kid, that's what we were taught," she said. "We didn't even have to think about that when I was a kid," said Diane Simmoneau, a high school guidance secretary. Chief Albany told them it's better to run, hide, and fight - in that order. "The mortality rate of a gunshot wound is 30 percent," Albany said. "So if I'm boxed in a corner, I'm going to roll the dice. Seven out of 10 is not too bad."
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