Archives for January 2013

Firearms training for school employees. TEXAS

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, speaking at a conservative policy summit, where according to the Associated Press he said under his plan school districts would choose who would receive the training, which would expand on what the state requires for concealed handgun license applicants. The training would include how to react in an active shooter situation.

“God forbid we should have an active shooter crisis in our schools,” Dewhurst said. “Eight hours of instruction and two hours on the range is not sufficient.”

In a statement released to the media Friday afternoon, Dewhurst asked state senators to hold a hearing on the topic.

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Armed teachers and administrators. COLORADO

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa believes he has the answer to school security in the wake of  recent tragic shootings.
Arm teachers and administrators. Sheriff Terry Maketa is offering to help train teachers and administrators and to waive his charge for concealed weapons permits. Applicants would still have to pay other charges, such as the Colorado Bureau of Investigation clearance.

Lawmakers in Alabama, Oklahoma, and Tennessee have said they intend to introduce laws allowing teachers and other school personnel to carry weapons. So far, Colorado legislators have not taken up the issue.

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Should teachers in Washington State be allowed to carry concealed firearms?

Washington State Representative Liz Pike’s proposal would allow teachers to carry concealed weapons in Washington schools after completing a voluntary mental health evaluation, as well as gun training at their own expense.

 

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Teachers take self-defense courses to learn to tackle a gunman.

San Antonio teachers learn to take on a gunman.

 

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Auburn University, Active shooters in school, options based active-shooter policy for schools.

Auburn University has a video on youtube that every school district should evaluate and consider implementing for the safety of their teachers, staff,  and students.  Routine fire drills have been very effective in preparing and preventing loss of life, due to fires, in schools for over 50 years. Having an emergency plan of action and rehearsing it regularly could save lives.

Review the video and see if the A.L.I.C.E. program could be beneficial.

 

Obama administration and Congress let Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) funding lapse.

Over the last few years the Obama administration and Congress quietly let federal funding for several key school security programs lapse in the name of budget savings.

Government officials said that two Justice Department programs that had provided more than $200 million to schools for training, security equipment and police resources over the last decade weren’t renewed in 2011 and 2012, and that a separate program that provided $800 million to put police officers inside the schools was ended a few years earlier.

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