Why are teachers doing advanced gun training?

by L&D29 May 2017
A gun rights group in the US state of Colorado will train local school staff how to prevent a mass shooting.
The three-day course, launched by Coloradans for Civil Liberties, involves trainers with police, SWAT and federal law enforcement backgrounds.
The trainers will guide participants through move-and-shoot drills, hand-to-hand fighting and advanced medical triage of gunshot wounds.
However, Eileen McCarron from Colorado Ceasefire, a group that lobbies for gun violence prevention through legislation, says that while medical training for teachers is understandable, allowing them to carry weapons on campus is a bad idea.
“As a former teacher, the idea of arming teachers is frightening. Teachers have enough to do without worrying about stopping an assailant with a gun,” she told the Denver Post.
The program, called Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response (FASTER) is already being provided to schools in Ohio, where it has run for the past five years.
“I don’t think there is anything as good as FASTER,” said Laura Carno, co-founder of Coloradans for Civil Liberties, which is bringing the training program to Colorado.
“Dozens of school staff are already so designated. We want to bring them world-class training in stopping active shooters.”
The first training class is scheduled June 20-22 at a shooting facility in Weld County.

Applicants must be school staff members who have their concealed-carry permit and who have been approved as a school security officer by their school board.

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