OWENSORO, Ky. (WEHT) More than a week after two deadly mass shootings, Tri-State teachers and educators train in case it ever happens here.
The training comes with just a few weeks before the fall semester starts.
“Hopefully, we never have to deal with an active shooter,” says Dr. Gene Tice, Interim President at Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Sounds of gunfire briefly filled Kentucky Wesleyan College’s administration building Monday afternoon. It’s a situation that teachers and staff want to be sure they know what to do if it does happen.
“We need to do what we can to prepare ourselves in the unlikely event that we have something happen here,” Dr. Tice says.
This session happens more than a week after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, but was scheduled several weeks ago. Daviess County Sheriff’s Detective Brad Youngman says those events may have been on some minds.
“Even instructors in the law enforcement community, we’re not immune from that,” says Det. Youngman. “An event happens, we’re more on guard, we’re thinking about it. It’s on our minds, just like everyone else.”
Trainers talked about past shootings, best ways people can respond, and signs people can look for. Similar training is done in elementary and high schools, but colleges have different challenges. One challenge college officials say they have in keeping people safe is that they have to watch numerous people enter and exit the multiple buildings on campus every day.
“We have multiple buildings, open buildings, we have students moving from one building to the other, so we need a little different approach to this,” says Dr. Tice.
Det. Youngman says the first thing anyone should do if they see something suspicious is say something.
“If you have a bad feeling, especially if you’re an educator and you know your students well, and something doesn’t seem right, just make sure you say something to law enforcement or a dean or somebody,” he says.
(This story was originally published on August 12, 2019)