This month, our children will head back to school and hope for the best. Police are already preparing for the worst. Many schools already have a cop walking the halls, but are those school resource officers prepared to protect your children against an active shooter?
Thursday, Anderson County SROs trained in the latest, quick thinking tactics to keep your kids safe should the unthinkable happens.
“It’s something that plays in the back of your mind. You hope it never happens, but you hope you’re prepared if it does happen,” said Mike Hall.
Hall is the SRO for Glenview Middle School. He was a involved in multiple drills both inside the classroom and in the hallway. Hall said he’s thinking of your children and where they would be sitting in that very classroom as he works to ensure its safe.
“I kept clearing the entire room [and] making sure there were no more threats,” said Hall. “When [the active shooter] engages you, it’s hard to get focused on that shot [and] breaking off without worrying about everyone behind you. You just shoot till that threat is gone.”
Anderson County Sheriff John skipper said this latest round of training comes fresh off the SROs graduation for emergency medical training. The 40 hour course gave them necessary medical knowledge for those critical moments after someone is hurt.
“He’s there to eliminate the threat, but now he’ll also be there to render that initial first aide to maybe help save a life before the ambulance arrives,” said Skipper.
The sheriff believes in a day and time where mass shootings seem to happen more frequently, this training gives them added confidence.
“Hopefully in this area nothing like this would ever happen, but if it is, we feel like we will be prepared for it,” said Skipper.
He says they are teaching these courses, not only in the schools, but also in the business community. It’s is called “A.L.I.C.E.” and it teaches potential victims to make themselves harder to target. This includes ways to fight back.
A.L.I.C.E stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.
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