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Active shooter training offered to Helena Public School District employees

Posted: Aug 06, 2018 8:39 PM Updated:

HELENA – The Helena Public School District administration is taking school security to the next level for the upcoming school year as active shooter training is now offered to all employees.

All employees are encouraged to take an active shooter training course before the school year begins.

The class teaches employees what to do in case of an active shooter, and is taught by specially-trained police officers.

Participants are presented with different scenarios to decipher, such as if they should barricade the door or escape.

The goal is to teach employees how to make the best judgment call.

Randy Hussey, a teacher at Helena High School, said it’s no longer if it happens, but when it happens.

“Administrators are checking, and making sure we are following protocols. That it’s not just, you’re not phoning it in just for the saying, you’re actually taking an interest in security, in your students, and that it’s a part of your job," Hussey said. "No longer are you an English, gym, math, or science teacher, you’re also in charge of the security of these kids."

Hussey added that faculty are taking their own steps to ensure safety by keeping doors locked, windows covered, and managing students.

Faculty members are also incorporating safety lessons in their syllabus for students. The lesson will be reviewed throughout the school year.

The Helena Public School District has implemented presentations and school assemblies throughout the school year based on safety.

Students need to realize the severity and that they are not far removed from dangerous situations.

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