Local district training, arming teachers in case of school shooting
RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - More teachers are taking up arms across the country, including right at home in the Miami Valley.
Mad River Local Schools will join Sidney Public Schools allowing teachers access to guns at school.
FOX 45 was the only television station with the teachers as they went through three days of intense training.
When students come back to school August 14, there will be something different, guns in the schools.
The schools have a buzz in system and cameras, and the district has gone through the ALICE Active Shooter Training but the superintendent felt that still wasn't enough security.
"When parents drop their kids off to us, we're responsible for them and I want to do everything I can to keep them safe," said an unidentified teacher.
There were 24 teachers in training going through the shooting drill at the gun range.
The teachers must have their concealed carried license before getting the nearly 30 hours of Faster Saves Lives training put on by Buckeye Firearms.
FOX 45 blurred the faces of the teachers because they going through a rigorous training, but also due to the fact if it's known who the staff members are then we go from being a hard target to a softer target
"...because they can be identified easily in the building and that's not our goal." said Mad River Local Schools Superintendent Chad Wyen.
The goal: have properly trained and prepared teachers in case there's a shooting at any of Mad River's seven schools.
"The last two years we dealt with the situation in Madison, we dealt with the situation in West Liberty Salem and it's very close to home and the reality is it could happen here. Mad River is unique. We have Wright-Patterson Air Force Base right in our back yard, we have a school located within base housing," said Wyen.
"You have to be that willing person to take the fight to your adversary," said one instructor to the teachers.
The teachers also got classroom instructions.
"We've learned about the history of active shooters and about how they usually happen (40) and how to deal with that and how to interact with the police when they get there," said the unidentified teacher.
They learned how to deal with medical trauma too.
"Once they realize they have the skills, they have the ability, they're making the situation better, the light bulbs come on in their heads this is not only
something they want to do, but something they can do. As of now we have trained just about 900 school staff from 192 school districts. That is across eight states but the vast majority are from here in Ohio," Said Faster Saves Lives Program Director Joe Eaton.
More than 100 teachers in Montgomery, Shelby and surrounding counties have been trained with FasterSaves Lives
"I don't think I would take on this responsibility without the amount of training that they're giving us," said the unidentified teacher.
Another part of the training is the the Force on Force scenarios.
In one, a gunman shoots students and a teacher has to respond.
"You have to be prepared to encounter victims okay maybe there are kids you know are laying in the hall begging for your help," said one of the instructors.
The reporter is put in the action, playing the role of a teacher hearing gunfire.
"Your job is to go stop the shooter, if you stop to help somebody else, it's going to cost more people their lives," said one of the instructor.
The reporter was forced to shoot the bad guy.
"It's going to take a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun," said the unidentified teacher.
Several other scenarios played out,
The scenarios help reinforce the training we've given them over the past three days.It also reinforces that they are able to make the right decision and they are doing things which are making the situation better and that they're helping save lives," said Eaton.
"My hope is we never have to deal with anything like this in Mad River Local Schools. The reality is if we do, We'll be prepared and we will keep our kids safe here," said Wyen.