Wichita church holds active shooter training

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

An east Wichita church held an active shooter training seminar Sunday afternoon in an effort to be prepared for the unthinkable act of a person with a weapon inflicting harm during their time of worship.

The Chapel Hill United Methodist Church has had a loud voice since the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas in early November. The seminar they held Sunday was an effort to minimize causalities if a mass shooting event was to happen at their church.

“Active shooter situations happen quickly and unpredictably….may lasting under two minutes,” said Rev. Hollie Tapley of the Great Plains United Methodist Conference. “Education is one of our first lines of defense.”

Rev. Tapley emphasized the Department of Homeland Security’s tactic of ‘Run, Hide or Fight.’ More here.

“We have to be prepared….we have to know what to do, to respond in a positive way and not be people who are fearful,” Rev. Tapley said. “But the only way we are not going to be fearful is if we know how to run, hide or fight.”

“I think god would be okay with the fact if we threw a hymnal or bible at him in a desperate time,” Rev. Hapley said, speaking towards the DHS tactic of fighting off an active shooter.

The Chapel Hill UMC had several of the seats filled in their sanctuary. Claudia Kuchaerk says it is unfortunate a place of worship is can be a target of violence.

“We need to find out what do we need to do as a congregation if something like this does happen,” Kuchaerk said of active shooter scenarios. 

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