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Active Shooter Training Prepares Schools

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EAGLE POINT, Ore. – A shooting breaks out at Eagle Point High School. The gunman, armed with an airsoft gun, charges into a classroom, firing rounds at administrators seated at the desks.

The victims, protected by paintball masks and armed with foam balls, unleash their payloads on the attacker. During the chaos, two administrators come from the side and tackle the gunman.

The entire drill lasts mere seconds. Despite a flurry of rounds, not a single victim is hit.

“We are the first responders,” said Valerie Cordle, Assistant Principal at the school and one of the organizers of the training. “When something happens on campus, we are the first responders before police show up.”

The training is part of a national program called A.L.I.C.E — which stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate. It’s a hyper-realistic program, designed to rehearse a shooting scenario as accurately as possible.

And it’s a program police say is essential in a district where some schools are too far out of reach for a quick response.

“For Butte Falls, it could be 15-20 minutes depending on who’s the closest unit at that time,” said Michael Anselmi, an Eagle Point police officer and School Resource Officer at Eagle Point High.

But an emergency response, no matter how effective, is only the last line of defense. In addition to the training, the district is applying for two grants totaling $5 million for more counseling and support staff.

The idea is to bolster the school’s existing mental health resources and stop a disaster before it starts.

“We need to have layered interventions depending on the need of that kid,” said Phil Ortega, a Student Services Coordinator for Eagle Point School District. “Giving kids choices and staff choices goes hand in hand.”

Those grants could be approved as early as the Fall. But in the meantime, administrators say this training will be extended to teachers when the school year starts to improve upon the existing lockdown drills done with the students.

Rather than simply practicing hiding under desks, they say they’ll be able to train students for specific scenarios and hopefully save lives should the worst happen.

 

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  1. Gary says:

    “Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, there have been 74 school shootings in the country.”

    Why is Ms. Hurst, who I’m assuming is some type of “reporter”, and I use that term loosely, repeating a factually inaccurate claim that has already been disproved by numerous sources?

    Where is the journalism? Where is the intellectual honesty? Where is the fact checking?

    Repeating an unsubstantiated claim is lazy at best and propagation of a lie at worst. Shameful what passes for journalism these days.

    1. Shanda Hurst says:

      We appreciate your concern and for bringing this to our attention. The entirety of our shows are produced in collaboration with our affiliates and CNN. This includes the information from this story in particular. The story has since been updated with the correct information. As always we appreciate you watching and hope to continue to work towards an honest relationship with our viewers.

  2. blake says:

    I must second Gary above. Even CNN backtracked publicly from those erroneous figures. You would do well to maintain some shred of factual credibility if you wish to share a message and be taken seriously. Right now, your article appears more like the satirical Doonesbury than any semblance of reality.

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