Good for them, hopefully more school districts will follow their lead. Bob Owens has more
“The plan we’ve been given in the past is ‘Well, lock your doors, turn off your lights and hope for the best,’” Superintendent David Hopkins said. But as deadly incidents continued to happen in schools, he explained, the district decided, “That’s not a plan.”
Home to an annual peach festival, the town isn’t known for having dangerous schools. But Hopkins said he faced a flood of calls from parents worried about safety after the attack last year at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
Hopkins said he and other school leaders didn’t see why thedistrict couldn’t rely on its own staff and teachers to protectstudents rather than hire someone.
“We’re not tying our money up in a guard 24/7 that we won’t have to have unless something happens. We’ve got these people who are already hired and using them in other areas,” Hopkins said. “Hopefully we’ll never have to use them as a security guard.”
Participants in the program are given a one-time $1,100 stipend to purchase a handgun and holster. Hopkins said the district is paying about $50,000 for ammunition and for training by Nighthawk Custom Training Academy, a private training facility in northwest Arkansas.
The Nighthawk training includes drills like the one Dougan participated in, with various role-playing scenarios involving shooters on campus. Dougan and other teachers in the program practiced using “airsoft” pellet guns, with students wearing protective facemasks and jackets.
“There’s pressure on you, because you’re shooting real bullets if this actually happened,” said Dougan, who has three children attending Clarksville schools. “I was nervous to start, but once it started and I was going through what they had taught us, it just took over.”
The training is narrowly tailored for teachers to respond to shooters on campus.
“That teacher is going to respond to one thing and one thing alone, and that’s someone is in the building either actively or attempting to kill people,” Jon Hodoway, director of training for Nighthawk. “That’s it. They’re not going to enforce the law. They’re not going to make traffic stops. If somebody is outside acting the fool, they’re going to call the police.”
Bob Owens points out the three obvious benefits to this step
- It deters the attack from ever happening. The would-be shooter is dissuaded from attacking at all, because of fears his plan will be thwarted.
- It shifts target selection to another “soft” target. The shooter recognizes that this school district is armed, and may shift to another school district, or another type of target. This is what terrifies the citizen disarmament cult. They’re worried that if such programs are successful, then their campaigns to demonize firearms will fail.
- It may reduce the total number of casualties. The faster there is a response, the less time an active shooter has to make victims.
Exactly right. The purpose is to be trained and prepared. the Left, of course will howl over this because they have no concept of reality. The reality is that being prepared IS the most responsible thing anyone can do. I recall a few years ago a Liberal mocked me for owning guns, and she accused me of being afraid, which is why according to her I own firearms. The really odd thing is she went off on me AFTER I told her I had used a gun to stop a man from robbing me. See to her, the fact that someone pulled a weapon on me did not matter. That I had defended myself, without firing a shot I might add, was inconsequential. I only had guns because I was irrational and afraid in her mind. She actually asked me what good I really did by defending myself. In her “perfect” utopia, no one would need a gun, so, she would gladly would see more defenseless Americans because she is, in her words “not afraid”!