Proctor High School teachers and staff are learning how to deal with an active shooter situation. The drill is a direct response to a summit designed to get police and the school district to work together for the best response.
Board of Education member Michele Mandia thinks the training is now a necessity.
"We always say oh it could never happen to us, but the reality today is: it can happen to us, so we really have to have our ducks in a row."
Utica Police Chief Mark Williams says the training is a three tiered approach to success. Faculty needs to know their role in an event, the schools policy’s need to match the police response, and the plan needs to be tested for optimal results.
"Teachers are critical in these types of circumstances because they have control of their students, and they can give them direction and God forbid in the event of an emergency, on what to do."
Utica Board of Education President Christopher Salatino tells us the police have a number of techniques they're working on during this training. No video inside the school was allowed during the training, as the techniques being used to protect the students could be used against them.
:To actually tip our hand to the actual training and what we’re doing and what our response is, I think that secrecy is the best policy in this case."
While the teachers and staff are learning how to deal with an active shooter first hand, the Board of Education is looking to make this type of training routine.
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