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www.wmfd.com - School districts across this country are taking new safety steps after last December's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. }}" />

   
 
 
Training Teachers Against School Shootings

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 9/29/2013 School districts across this country are taking new safety steps after last December's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. David Mattingly takes you to a school where one of the most visible changes has nothing to do with locked doors or armed guards. This is now a national nightmare begins. A gunman enters a school ready to kill. "I got his gun. Help me. Help. Help. I got his gun!" But in this case the threat is not real. It's a training exercise for teachers learning how to keep their students and themselves alive. "We train those people to deal with that shooter with their hands, with their feet, with their elbows," says Zach Hudson, founder of Defense Tactics Solutions. "That's what we do." Hudsaon is a Central Florida Police officer and CNN Hero, recognized for his work helping senior citizens. He's now training teachers how to run, hide and fight back if a gunman targets the school. "Chop that body down. Use both those knees. Chop that body down," says Hudson. Hudson's approach does not include keeping guns in the classroom. "Not so much encouraging us to arm ourselves with weapons but arm ourselves with knowledge and how we can use the environment around us," says school administrator Frank Taylor. Part of that is teaching teachers how to attack their attacker when they become the last line of defense. "I gotta tell you, some of you are scaring me," says CNN's David Mattingly. "What do I see working here? Is that fear or anger? "I think it's a combination of both," answered Deborach Aman. Aman has been a teacher for 30 years and worries more than ever. "Is there something about all of this that's kind of sad to you?" asked Mattingly. "Yes. Very sad," says Aman. "I can't put it into words but the children are, I have to protect the children." When running or hiding fails, taking the shooter by surprise, knowing how to grab his weapon, how to possible incapacitate him, can make the difference between life or death. "Watch closely what happens next," says Mattingly. "This is a worst-case scenario. A shooter is about to enter this classroom. The only thing standing between him and the students is a teacher, unarmed, but not necessarily helpless." "Ah, help me. Help me. I got his gun." "I would hope that they have learned that they have to be aggressive," says Hudson. "You have to tap into that anger side of you, that emotional side of you to stop the attacker." That nervous laughter you hear is the sound of confidence replacing insecurity, with skills these teachers hope they will never need.
   
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