Our community's and nation's schools should be the safest, warmest and most welcoming havens in our society.
And statistically, on any given day, they are the safe and welcoming shelters of teaching and learning that we want them to be and that they should be.
However, when a tragedy such as what transpired in Newtown, Conn., occurs, it shakes us to our core and causes us to ask the unanswerable questions of, "Why?" and, "Could it happen here?"
What is a active shooter?
An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people, most often in populated areas. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. In some cases, active shooters use improvised explosive devices to create additional victims and to impede first responders.
• Online Active Shooter training presentation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
• Watch a video on school violence hosted by retired FBI agent Harry Trombitas
• Watch a Active Shooter training video
• Download a Active Shooter pocket card from Homeland Security (.pdf)
• Download a Active Shooter booklet from Homeland Security (.pdf)
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