Bexar Sheriff to Offer School Shooting Response Training

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Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says he doesn't like it, but local schools need to be fully prepared for the possibility of a school shooting, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Salazar says his office and the I Love You Guys Foundation will offer Standard Response Protocol training to all school law enforcement officers, with training available for public, private, and charter schools.

"Criminals are honing their craft, they are changing their game so to speak," Salazar said.  "Every time they come out, they learn a little bit more.  Well, we also learn a little bit more, and we have to change our tactics accordingly."

Salazar says the plan is for the school officers to then train teachers, parents, administrators and students about the most effective ways to perform lockdown, evacuations, and sheltering  in place.

The training will include making sure students and school personnel known when to take the various actions, how to local classroom doors in an emergency, and what is the best way for students to 'evade and defend.'

"Right now while people are busy deliberating and debating, we are busy acting," Salazar said.

Salazar stressed that he has no information that any incident is planned at any Bexar County school, but, like the fire drills that have been around since the 1950s, it is important in today's troubled times to make sure students know what to do if an emergency is declared in the school.

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