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    Swat training at my son's school

    My 16 year old son came home the other day and told me that his High School is going to be used as the training arena for the Shelby County Sheriffs Dept. to train on possible school shooting scenarios.

    He tells me the training will be held Monday since the kids are out of school for Presidents day. They are apparently several people to act as the shooters and they will be running scenarios all day.

    Frankly, I am happy they are doing this and especially happy they are doing it at my kids school. If, God forbid, there ever is a situation at his school they will already have had some experience training at this very school.

    Just wondering what others would think or feel about this same type of thing if their son or daughter came home and told them this was being done at their school?

    I'm not sure this actually belongs in this section so moderators please, if you think it belongs somewhere else, by all means move it there. Thanks.
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    I'm glad your son's school has agreed to let local LE do this. You may be surprised how many school administrators refuse to do so.

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    Since Mayberry, RFD hardly has a police department, let alone a SWAT team, I would wonder where these guys came from?? But if I lived in a larger city, I would be happy that they are training at that exact school and I would pray they never need to use that training.
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    We do that often, just had one a few Sundays ago. Its the only way to get everyone familiar with the layout of the school.
    Is your son going to be a role player? If not, try to get him to do it. Its lots of fun for them, and the kids will learn something too.
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    My daughter's Junior H.S. just went through the same thing last month. Sheriffs, Fire/EMT, and SWAT all combined for a practice disaster session.

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    Nope, my son is not going to be one of the actors. I don't know that they even asked for volunteers from the student body. I suspect that if they had, he would have done it. He is the type of kid that would gladly do that if he thought it would help them with their training and he could have some fun with it.
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    I have moved this to Law Enforcement Mike - maybe a shade more suitable.

    I like the idea - if only because a local department should have prior knowledge of layout etc if it came to actually being needed. Planning - something we all take on board and no reason why a school should not do the same.

    We could say - ''Better to have a plan and not need it ........"
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    I think the SWAT team having first hand knowledge of the school layout and train in the building is good for everyone. safer for them, less chance of missing a hidden shooter while clearing the building.
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    Government funded building...
    Government funded agents...
    Government funded activities...

    I see nothing wrong with it... (except for "Government" of course).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky View Post
    I think the SWAT team having first hand knowledge of the school layout and train in the building is good for everyone. safer for them, less chance of missing a hidden shooter while clearing the building.
    It is... its a nightmare to clear a school when you know whats around the corner. Toss in the stress and emotion of a real event, kids running around everywhere and its a real mess. I want every advantage if and when I ever have to respond to something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sig P239 View Post
    ... his High School is going to be used as the training arena for the Shelby County Sheriffs Dept. to train on possible school shooting scenarios.

    Just wondering what others would think or feel about this same type of thing if their son or daughter came home and told them this was being done at their school?
    Absolutely, this is a great idea. I'd feel good about it. The alternative is simple: reduced preparedness on the part of law enforcement. In any situation, I can't see how that would be a good thing. And with the training occurring at the specific school where my children are attending? Absolutely a good thing. They'll know it by heart.

    Though, of course, there will be parents with a quick reaction, thinking "OMG! The children! My sensibilities! No more violence!!!" When, in reality, this sort of training can't help but improve our ability to respond to murderers in public venues like this.
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    Glad to know they're training for it!

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    The other side of that equation is that the school needs to develop an active shooter response plan; much like a fire-drill.

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    It's a good idea. They've done it here at least once. They don't let the kids participate even if they volunteer. They say it's too emotional even when the kids know it's not real. They find adult actors/players to participate.
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    I'll be doing the same thing on Tuesday. A local HS is on winter recess so we will be doing active shooter training. I wish that the school would let us use simunitions (paint guns that operate just like our service Glocks) for the training. But it is a little messy so we will have to do without.

    As mentioned it is very helpful to know the layout of the school. I have been there often for various calls so I am pretty comfortable there.
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