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06-27-13, 11:05 AM #1
Police train educators with school shooting drillsAbout 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presentation about school shootings, answered questions (Is it better to shelter in place or run?), and dispelled some outdated notions about safety ("A cafeteria table is not cover.")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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06-27-13, 11:23 PM #2
You're probably better off giving the active shooter his own odds on the mortality rate of gun shot wounds with your own gun than standing in a corner throwing pencils at him.
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06-28-13, 01:49 AM #3
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06-28-13, 07:47 AM #4
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I think shelter in place has its place but if you can get the kids out and away then that is what needs to be done. No way I want my kids huddled in a corner waiting to be shotCheck your feelings at the door!
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06-28-13, 10:05 AM #6
Back in the day, didn't they teach school children and staff to hide under tables to protect themselves from nuclear fallout? I guess somethings don't change.
Our SRO has an AR-15, but he has to keep it locked up in his office. I wish he would carry it in one of those 511 tactical bags across his back so if a crazy shows up he doesn't have to say "wait a minute mr. bad guy. I need to run back to my office and unlock my gun locker." You know if some of the brain dead parents found out that he had a rifle in his office, they would be going to the school board demanding that it be banned from school property.
Each year he investigates several threats made to another student, or on Facebook, written on a note, or on a bathroom wall where some kid talks about shooting up the school. The thing is, every single one of these threats mentions the SRO. They either say that they will take the SRO out first or they will make the SRO a hero. Regardless, they know that the SRO is inside that school and is armed. Our SRO is a squared away guy, not some overweight security guard with a gun on his hip and no training. I wish all schools had SROs like this, but at least they have gun free zone laws protecting these buildings (eyes rolling).
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