Bradley County Schools- Bradley County, TN

Teachers from around the region spent the day learning new tactics against an active shooter.  It’s part of a 2-day seminar called “ALICE Training” and teaches different techniques teachers and business employees can use through different scenarios.  “I’m cognizant of covering windows, how I would cover windows quickly. I’m cognizant of my door being locked,” Ocoee Middle School Teacher Megan Golden said.  For years, school systems and businesses have taught employees to “duck and cover,” but Tuesday Golden learned that tactic doesn’t always work in the event of an active shooter.  “Through this training, we’ve realized it doesn’t work. The carnage and the numbers of killed and wounded go up with that,” she said.  To increase their chances of surviving, Scotty Hernandez, Safety Coordinator for Cleveland City and Bradley County Schools, took on the role of the bad guy sporting pads from head to toe and an air soft gun.  “When it’s really happening, it changes the whole scenario. It changes everyone’s feelings and they really see what can happen and how much devastation can happen in seconds,” he said. Read more