School Shooting: Showing Teachers How To Survive
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) —
In the wake of the recent school shootings, a new program developed by the Chief of Police at Fresno State is gaining attention.
It is a video showing a gunman who walks onto a school campus, and opens fire.
The gunman has enough time to empty and reload two magazines.
He is able to fire 30 times, in 19 seconds.
Fresno State Police Chief David Huerta "It really drives the point home that violence occurs faster then you really think it does."
Fresno State Police Chief David Huerta and Campus Parking Administrator Amy Armstrong developed the video.
Its part of program called "19 Seconds", aimed at arming teachers with information.
It shows them ways to protect themselves and their students should another school shooting happen.
Amy Armstrong says, "We are eager to share this with more teachers. This information we are sharing gets you thinking about your safety, the safety of your classroom and office."
Over the past few days, they have presented "19 Seconds" to nearly 200 future teachers currently studying at Fresno State's Kremen School of Education.
Chief Huerta says, "They are going to be in the classroom side by side with that teacher, and we don't want them to follow. We want them to take a leadership role."
One thing the Chiefs program does teach educators and teachers is to think differently, to think about a mode of survival.
When you walk into a classroom know exactly where the doors are located should a gunman come in.
Another thing look for household items that can be used as weapons. A simple trash bag can be filled with staplers and can hit a gunman.
Also moveable objects like desks and tables can be moved in front of doorways to prevent the gunman from getting inside.
Chief Huerta says, "Even if you have an officer on the campus and he's on the opposite side of a large school, it's going to take him a couple of minutes to get to where he has to go. Seconds count in these events and situations."
The program is being used at Fresno State, and Chief Sanchez is working closely with the Fresno County Sheriff and plans to have a meeting with Fresno County Schools Superintendent Larry Powell to make his program available for all educators.