US teach­ers learn to be armed and deadly

Sunday Territorian - - WORLD -

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.

Pic­ture: AP/RICK BOWMER

Utah school­teacher Christy Belt en­gages in an active shooter re­sponse ex­er­cise

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