US teachers learn to be armed and deadly
WHILE their students are enjoying the summer holidays, American teachers are being taught how to take down gunmen who invade their classrooms.
Active shooter training for teachers and school staff is becoming common in many US states, after the hideous spate of school shootings.
Utah is one of several states that allow gun permit holders to carry their weapons in public schools. Other states, including Florida and Texas, have programs that allow certain teachers to be armed if they are approved under a set of stipulations.
At least 39 states require lockdown, active-shooter or similar safety drills, according to the US Education Commission. The firearm training is voluntary, but the Utah County Sheriff’s Teachers Academy already has a waiting list for its next program.
Teachers and other staff went through the shooting drills inside a warehouse set up to look like a school, then moved outside to a shooting range.
Utah schoolteacher Christy Belt engages in an active shooter response exercise