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Efforts underway to step up safety in BC schools
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Right now, a new effort to step up safety in Calhoun County schools.
The ideas stem from Newtown, Connecticut school tragedy.
Now, a cutting edge new program is helping local teachers lean what to do during these dangerous times.
Staff at Lakeview High School learned three key things: Lock out. Get out. Take out.
Lockout was taught to dozens of Lakeview teachers and staff Wednesday, through scenarios created by the national program, Strategos.
Many of the tips can not be shown to the public, but one huge step to saving yourself and your students is to secure the door.
"If my lockdown is failing, I need to get out to another location I cant lock down again if neither works that's take out or fight," said Mark Warren, Strategos Vice-President
Officials have learned from previous school shootings, in the four minutes it takes to respond to an emergency, teachers and staff will be crucial to saving lives.
The goal is for all 40 Battle Creek area school faculty to learn these life saving tips. They also to have a law enforcement officer assigned to each school for continuing education.
This program also works to educate parents on their role, if a shooting were to happen. Lakeview Middle School is hosting a meeting for parents at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Harper Creek High School also plans to host a meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday.