HOUSTON - At the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, of the 28 people who were shot, 26 died. That's an astronomical 92 percent fatality rate.
Now, to protect our children from that kind of massacre in Houston, the Harris County Department of Education is offering a new type of training for teachers and administrators in the 25 school districts it services.
"We've got superintendents and staff that get the importance of safety and security," said Laurie Shah, emergency management specialist with HCDE. "They understand it's no longer just about education."
This new training program is called Intruderology.
It's a take charge approach that teaches the teachers to use anything around them to protect themselves and their students.
No way to lock the classroom? Teachers are taught to use electrical cords to keep the intruder out. If that doesn't work, they're taught to use tables as barricades. If the intruder should get past the barricades, a teacher is taught to use scissors to stab him.
The teachers will also teach their students to throw anything they can find at the gunman. For example, books make a great weapon. Releasing a fire extinguisher on the intruder is also a great method of protection.
"They can't see, they can't breathe," said Brad Spicer, CEO for SafePlans. "If they're still a threat you can use that to strike them."
The whole idea is to distract the gunman.
"Shooters go in and they expect to find people lined up against a wall," said Spicer. "Now students are moving, it's disruptive, it's very difficult for them to accurately shoot."
Teachers and students who used to be seen as easy targets are now learning a life-saving lesson to fight back.
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