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Local School Districs Take Safety Measures for Upcoming School Year

Local school districts and State Police tell WFFT what safety measures are in place here in Northeast Indiana for the upcoming school year.
Local school districts and State Police tell WFFT what safety measures are in place here in Northeast Indiana for the upcoming school year.

22 year old Michael Brandon Hill walked into an Atlanta school with a rifle.  After shooting at officers outside the building, he fired more rounds in the office of the school, but a school worker was able to talk him down before anyone was injured.

The shooting comes less than a year after a heavily armed gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. That shooting killed 20 children and 6 adults.

School shooting are not something the state of Indiana is taking lightly.  Ron Galaviz from the Indiana State Police says "The Safe Schools Active Shooter Initiative" is a program to train teachers and staff.

"The Department of Education over the last several months has really been putting this program together, and with our agency involvement, we are the ones that are tasked with implementing these seminars."

The Indiana State Police joined Indiana Governor Mike Pence in supporting the new legislation that provides 20 million dollars to promote school safety over the next few years.

The program goes beyond lockdown and shows teachers what has worked and what hasn't.  The Indiana State Police say numerous public schools have had the training, but now they're reaching out to private schools.

"Give them ideas about how they are best to react themselves, and how they can best react themselves, in of these god awful scenarios if there is an active shooter."

Anita Gross from Southwest Allen County Schools says safety is a priority in her district and their teachers have already had the training.

"We work on this everyday and all year long, we do a lot of training for staff, the classroom staff, certified staff, and even our bus drivers are trained on safety."

Gross says even parents can't enter their building without being buzzed in properly.

"I think anytime an incident happens across the country or across that wouldn't re-focus and we have to think okay, how do we prepare for that kind of incident?"
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