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Limestone County Schools Renew Teacher Training for School Shooting Scenarios

ARDMORE, Ala. (WHNT) – With the return to school this month comes the sad reality of threats of school shooting at any time. That’s why schools in Limestone County have said they want to have specific devices to protect teachers and students in every class.

The approximately six-by-six-inch boxes, provided by the company “SafeDefend”, contain items such as sledgehammers, handcuffs and batons, as well as a slide that will automatically trigger an alarm and contact the police. The district believes this could help teachers protect themselves and their children while immediately alerting authorities with the snap of a finger.

“We had the same training about six years ago. And so now we’re going back,” LCS director of security Rusty Bates said of the high school teacher training held Friday in the gymnasium at Ardmore High School.

Bates told News 19 the boxes are being placed in most classrooms across the district this year.

“It’s just a good system. It is an opportunity for our teachers to feel that they have something in place that is designed to protect them.

All the equipment plus the multiple days of training on different campuses cost well over a million dollars, but for Superintendent Randy Shearouse, you can’t put a price on that.

“Fortunately, school shootings don’t happen that often when you look at the statistics. But of course you are going to get a lot of attention from this shoot. But every step we can take to keep our teachers, students and staff safe, we will make sure we do,” Shearouse said.

Shearouse added that the exterior doors of many county schools will also have ID scanners for teachers to enter.

LCS begins its new semester on Monday, August 8.


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