Carroll County teachers get a new perspective in active shooter training

On Friday, they experienced an active shooter training, which focused on what happens when the first responders arrive.

Posted: Sep 27, 2019 5:34 PM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Carroll County teachers are going back to class with some new skills.

On Friday, they experienced an active shooter training, which focused on what happens when the first responders arrive.

Carroll County emergency medical service officials say this is an important step to understand.

The EMS active shooter trainers taught teachers what their response will look like from the first 911 call to when they reach the school.

Teachers say the training gave them a new perspective.

“We're stuck within those four walls so it's hard to know what's happening outside of our walls and what's going on in the hallways, so to see first hand how they are going to deal with that, it gives us a little bit of perspective,” said Alesia Brown, Carroll County 4th grade teacher.

“Hopefully this allows teachers and staff to be able to have at least an experience to observe what that situation is so they can respond in a more positive or proactive manner,” said Carroll County Superintendent Keith Thackery.

Brown said many teachers found the process wasn't necessarily what they expected.

“A lot of us talked about how we didn't realize how long it would take them to clear the rooms afterward,” said Brown. “We know it's going to take them a few minutes to get to us and to get the shooter under control but even once the shooter was captured and held down to the ground and taken care of it still took a while.”

“We have to get to the individual that's doing the shooting and take care of that and then we'll take care of every other situation,” said Carroll County Emergency Management Director Mike Fincher.

This is the first active shooter drill the Carroll County teachers have had in at least seven years.

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