Training to respond to school shootings

After the shooting at Townville Elementary, 7News checked with the U.S. Department of Education about how often these tragedies happen. They say since the incident in Newtown, Connecticut in December of 2012, 78 people have died in school shootings.

Chad Ayers is a training expert with Proactive Response Group. He says it’s more important than ever to know how to respond in these situations.

“Growing up in school we would have a fire drill in school once a month. I don’t know the last time we’ve worked a large fire at a school, where we’ve had numerous victims, so as trends as changing, we must change our trends,” Ayers explained of the need to train for active shooter situations. “In this day and age it’s sad, it’s seems like more and more we’re turning on the news daily and seeing somewhere across the United States, these events are happening.”

Ayers works with local schools, churches, and businesses to make sure people are prepared.

“We know it’s so important not just to have a plan, but to implement that plan,” Ayers said.

The Department of Education says nearly 90 percent of public schools surveyed say they have a plan in place for handling a shooting.

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