Life-saving information shared at Berkeley County School District active-shooter gunfire training
(La Isla Magazine, March 2018) ~ HHI,SC. By Berkeley County School District. It was emotional. It was loud. It provided life-saving information, and it was timely. Berkeley County School District, along with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and Goose Creek Police Department, offered a training for teachers and administrators on February 2018 related to active shooter situations. The training was centered around a gunfire demonstration intended to better educate teachers on the various sounds of gunfire.
Training sessions were held at Cane Bay Elementary School with hundreds of teachers and administrators attending. Images from the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida were still fresh on the minds of those in attendance. Though timely, the Florida shooting did not prompt this training. It was months in the making, following a similar training offered to district employees by the FBI two years ago.
Guns used in the training and demonstration are what weapons statistics show to be more frequently used in active shooter situations. Law enforcement officers fired guns from three locations in the school as educators stood in a crowded classroom and listened. After two shots from each gun, there was a debriefing during which critical information was shared.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway for most in attendance was learning to distinguish between gunfire and a locker being slammed or a book dropped in the hallway. The training is one of several proactive offerings in this school district, where safety and security are a top priority.