Local Schools Participate in Active Shooter Response Training

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: February 15, 2018 07:40 PM

DULUTH - The repeated school shootings have many local students and community members concerned about their safety. School districts and police have been working together on safety procedures that helps prepare for school shooting incidents.

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Hermantown's superintendent, Kerry Juntunen, said the district focuses on students and staff having open communication.

"We want them to feel like they have that channel of communication that they can talk to somebody and know that their fears are going to be quelled," Juntunen said.

Staff also encourage students to speak up when something doesn't feel right.

"When you see something and it makes you uncomfortable, act on it, if its bullying, if its threats, act on it, don't be afraid to say something to somebody, tell somebody that you have a concern," Juntunen said.

Duluth Public School officials said they've been practicing lock downs, installing safety equipment, and reviewing emergency response plans.

A district spokesperson for Duluth Public Schools said, "Every day we enter our schools and classrooms, doing our best to keep children safe."

Something local schools have been doing is training on ALICE, that stands for alert, lock down, inform, counter, and evacuate. It’s an active shooter response training program that schools have been using to train administration, staff, and students.

Local schools also work with law enforcement and emergency respondents.

Matthew Markon, Assistant Chief for Superior Police Department, said the department has an officers at the schools.

"We do work quite closely with the school district, we have three police officers who are assigned as school liaison officers so that we have coverage all the time," Markon said.

Superior police have also practiced scenarios where there might be an active shooter.

"Using that kind of training in a very controlled environment let's all of us train on what we should, and lets us train with our other partners in the public safety realm," Markon said.

Deputy Markon said the biggest thing to remember is to pay attention to what’s going on and if you see something, say something.



Alejandra Palacios

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