Rural school districts are realizing that teachers themselves must be the “first responders” because law enforcement who are over 30 minutes away will be no help – so the teachers are being trained to shoot back in active shooter situations.
In Colorado, school staff members who are designated as security officers can carry a concealed weapon if they have a permit, a local NBC News station reports.
This week, a group of Colorado teachers are attending a three-day first responder and firearms training on a gun range in Weld County, called FASTER training, which stands for “Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response.”
The program, which started in Ohio, was brought to Colorado by Laura Carno, founder of Coloradans for Civil Liberties, NBC’s 9News reported.
One of the attendees, Ronnie Wilson, said he hopes to open a K-12 charter school in Colorado Springs, and receives a lot of questions from parents about school safety. He was reportedly the only student in the program who was willing to share his name, as all the others wanted to remain anonymous.
Not everyone approved. Tom Mauser, of “Colorado Ceasefire,” whose son was killed in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, said while he has no problem with security guards at schools, he doesn’t feel teachers should be armed, claiming there is more of a potential for “cross-fire” if too many people are armed.
In addition to the firearms training, teachers are also given instruction on crisis management and medical training on how to apply a tourniquet. The last day will conclude with a complete mock shooting event training.
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