As the debate over school safety in the wake of mass shootings continues to make headlines, a local self defense training academy is giving teachers the tools they’ll need to keep their students safe.
Teachers said Thunderbird Firearms Academy’s free active shooter training was a workout with physical skills training combined with lecture.
But they all agreed the hands-on instruction is extremely invaluable.
Practicing striking isn’t an activity teacher Jessica Inlow does everyday, and she along with eleven others learned it requires a lot of energy.
“It was pretty physical there for a while,” said Jessica Inlow, Chase County Junior Senior High.
But with coaches reminding them of who the practice is for, it became doable.
“They’d say remember who you’re here for, and you just think about the kids that you’re here for so it just pushed me that much further,” said Inlow.
“My primary concern is the preservation of human life,” said one trainer.
Thunderbird Firearms Academy decided to offer two free active shooter training sessions with teachers in mind.
They say it’s important for teachers to be prepared physically and mentally for these situations.
“The keepers of what we hold most dear, our children, a lot of times they don’t have a firearm, so they have to use what they have, the tools that they have in their own tool bag to solve the problem,” said Seth Sullivan, chief instructor.
The teachers also learned how to disarm a shooter.
And participated in a question and answer session with the trainers, many teachers saying they’d like to see their peers take a class.
“I would love to see an in-service like this in August at the beginning of the school year for USD 259,” said one teacher.
Sullivan said these courses aren’t just for teachers but are offered regularly and they encourage everyone to take one.
If you are interested you can contact Thunderbird Firearms Academy at 316-613-2336.