DeKalb County's 'Safe Schools' training put to the test
CHAMBLEE, GA (CBS46) -
School leaders in DeKalb County said when a student walked onto the campus at Chamblee Charter High School Tuesday with guns, they were ready to protect themselves and their students.
David Walker told CBS Atlanta News the district's "Safe Schools" training is in its second year.
He credits it for how the crisis was resolved without anyone getting hurt.
"Basically we make sure we have our kids safe and prepared in case of a crisis," said Walker. "If people haven't been trained and not prepared in that situation, they really don't know what to do. Our job is to educate them and show them what to do in that situation. We have them, practice as much as they can."
Walker said the decision to go into lockdown mode was already part of Safe Schools training.
The student who allegedly brought the guns onto school property was already on school suspension.
The Chamblee Police Department gave CBS Atlanta News a picture of some of the weapons, including guns, that they recovered from the scene.
Safe Schools is year-round training for the staff and students, and in a district with close to 100,000 students - it's no small feat. It's why Walker feels pretty good about how this crisis played out.
"Very well. I think very well. They knew what to do. Our students knew what to do. They were able to tell you exactly to do. Our teachers were trained," said Walker.
Walker said the training continues with a review of how each crisis is handled, including making any necessary adjustments.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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