At least 30 Utah teachers banded together for a series of training sessions in which they instructed them on using guns in response to an active-shooter situation.
The training, held in a warehouse that looks like a school but also functions as a shooting range, showed teachers how to disarm a gunman, where to shoot on the body and how to properly and unload a firearm. Officers leading the training also went for de-escalation techniques, self-defense and medical responses.
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"I know how to protect myself and my students now;" Nancy Miramontes,A school psychologist, told The Associated Press.
At least 39 states require lockdown, active-shooter or similar safety drills, according to the Education Commission of the States. Other states have less explicit requirements or leave it to districts to decide. Utah requires its elementary schools to conduct one-to-one safety drill each month, and its secondary schools have detailed emergency response plans.
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"Are you tasking teachers to perform a law enforcement responsibility?" the National School Safety and Security Services firm
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.