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Frontier School Corporation goes through active shooter training

As school shootings continue in schools and churches around the world, one local school corporation is getting proactive about active shooter situations.

Posted: Mar. 22, 2019 5:33 PM
Updated: Mar. 22, 2019 6:11 PM

CHALMERS, Ind. (WLFI) - As school shootings continue in schools and churches around the world, one local school corporation is getting proactive about active shooter situations.

With some help from active shooter experts from Clinton County Sheriff's Office and a group of student volunteers, local law enforcement held an active shooter simulation on Friday for teachers to watch. The rest of the corporation had an e-learning day while teachers focused on the session.

The question of the day for staff at Frontier schools: "What is going to be your reaction to what is going on around you?" said Chalmers Town Marshall, James Davis. "It's one of the most important things, so that way any first responder that is coming here knows the schools," he said.

Frontier School Corporation Superintendent Dan Sichting said he wants his teachers to be prepared.

"No school in the United States is immune to an active shooter incident," he said. "I want to be proactive instead of reactionary. I think when you are reactionary about something like this, it's not good."

Teachers from the Twin Lakes School Corporation went through similar training in January. Several said they were shot in the back, execution style, with pellet guns and that they had not been made aware that this was part of the training. Superintendent Sichting said such practices would not be part of Frontier School's training.

Elements of ALICE training were incorporated into the session. ALICE stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate, it's similar to run-hide-fight techniques. Staff were trained in "stop the bleed" techniques to save lives while waiting for EMS to respond. Teachers were also let into their rooms to practice how to properly barricade their doors. Law enforcement also wanted to help teachers recognize sounds of gunfire in the school.

"So that way they can hear what different ammunition and firearms sound like and recognize it in a real life situation," said Davis. "We're also going to show what the response time is."

It took about four and a half minutes for police to get on scene in the simulation. Which is right on par with the national average response time of between three and five minutes. However those leading the session emphasized that there are two enemies in active shooter situations: the shooter, and time. 

Superintendent Sichting has a message for the parents of students about safety.

"We take safety very, very seriously, and this is an example of how we take safety very seriously," he said.

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