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|A Crash Course in Active Shooter Training
|It was an intense morning for teachers in the Galesburg school district 205, as they sat and listened two a two hour presentation on handling an Active Shooter situation.
Illinois State Police along with Galesburg Police talked with the entire district 205 staff and faculty.
The presentation talked about the history of Active Shooter Incidents starting back in the seventeen hundreds and focusing on the several incidents that followed thought out history including the deadly shooting at Columbine High School.
Illinois State Trooper Neal Merry explained the decades between the University of Texas Clock Tower shooting and Columbine was a big factor in how law enforcement handled an active shooter situation.
He said everything changed on April 20, 1999.
"Columbine school shootings are what brought it back to life for us," says Merry.
Teachers and staff listened to the Columbine 9-1-1 call where students were told to stay down. No one barricaded doors or tried to find an exit simply because they were not trained to handle the situation unfolding around them.
During the second hour of the presentation State Trooper Danny Leezer shared what you should do right away if someone is in the school and is a threat.
"Lock down your classroom if you can," says Leezer. "If you've got locks inside your classroom, great. Close all your windows, close all of your blinds, do not give someone outside a chance to get some intelligence."
Faculty and safe left armed with knowledge on how to act in an active shooter situation.
The common theme through out the presentation was "Do Not Be A Victim."
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