Officers And Schools Prepare For School Shooting Scenario

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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Wednesday, March-13, 2013

On Wednesday, over 200 law enforcement and school officials gathered together to address a school shooting scenario.

"Let's get over the idea that we can just kind of hide from it or it will never happen here," said Governor Sam Brownback. "Let's get into the issue of planning."

It was the first of three training sessions, which are designed to provide background information to plan and prepare for an active shooter.

The training addresses school violence awareness, active shooters, and law enforcement response.

"We've got to know what the school administrators think, how they work, what their plan is," said Colonel Ernest Garcia. "They need to know ours, so that when there is, god forbid, an incident, we're working together already."

Elkhart Middle School already has an emergency plan in place for a shooting scenario, but administrators traveled fron far Southwest Kansas to learn ways they can make improvements.

"We'll have more information, we can look at the plans we have, see where we need to tweak them, and what we need to do to make things better," said Elkhart Middle School Principal Diane Finn.

The other training sessions will be at Fort Hays State University in Hays on Monday, March 25 and at Emporia State University in Emporia on Friday, April 19.

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