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Pittsburg School District Active Shooter Training
By Felicia Lawrence
PITTSBURG, KS.--- It's a situation these police officers hope to never find themselves in. Recent tragedies such as Sandy Hook means it's something a community must prepare for. With fake bullets and fake bad guys, Southeast Kansas law enforcement, Pittsburg Fire Department and Pittsburg teachers simulate what would happen in a real mass shooting.
"What we used to do was just lock down. Sit in the classroom and hope nobody comes in. That doesn't work anymore. It's been proven it doesn't work anymore. So we're upgrading and showing teachers what we need to do," said Sgt. Chris Moore, Pittsburg Police.
Police officials and teachers will now implement A.L.I.C.E., an acronym that stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.
"We have plans set up on how to get the kids where they need to go. We have plans set up on what we need to do for different type of intruders and that's why we're training all the law enforcement in Crawford County about this," said Sgt. Moore.
Usd 250's Superintendent Destry Brown says it's unfortunate that active shooter drills are required these days, but they are necessary.
"We need to emphasize and make sure that we have every, taken every precaution to keep kids safe. So this is just another thing that we think and we believe will make kids feel safer and be safer while they're at school," said Destry Brown, Pittsburg Schools Superintendent.
All Pittsburg teachers will be trained on this new procedure by the end of the summer. In the fall, students will take part in the safety drill as well. Superintendent Brown says from now on active shooter drills will be practiced regularly in Pittsburg schools.