More Stateline Teachers Learning How to Handle Active Shooter Scenarios

Nev. student used handgun to kill teacher, himself

   SPARKS, Nev. (AP) -- Police say a Nevada middle school boy used a semi-automatic handgun to wound two students and kill a math teacher before turning the weapon on himself.

   The shooting occurred about 15 minutes before the opening bell at Sparks Middle School on Monday. The student's name wasn't released, and his motive for the shooting wasn't known.

   Teacher Michael Landsberry was being hailed as a hero for trying to protect children from their gun-wielding classmate outside the school. Twenty to 30 horrified students witnessed the shooting as they returned to classes from a weeklong fall break.

STATELINE (WIFR) -- These shootings have a lot Stateline parents wondering what's being done at their child's school to protect students.

More than a dozen Stateline schools have sent teachers to special training sessions so they can learn what to do if a gunman breaks into their classroom. Todd Houde is the former chief of police in Cherry Valley. For the last year he has offered free classes on how to handle an active shooter. He's worked with teachers from Byron, Rockford and Rochelle using guidelines from the Department of Homeland Security.

"The active shooter controls the start of the situation and immediate victims but once it starts happening, our teachers and staff and students, once they’re trained, can change all that,” says Todd Houde, an inspector with the Illinois State Police.

In the Harlem School district, building safety plans include local police officers who regularly walk the halls of the elementary schools. The four public high schools in Rockford have police officers assigned there daily, in addition to other safety measures, including new locks district wide. At the beginning of the school year,
Boylan Catholic High School hired an armed security guard who is in charge of greeting all visitors at the school's main entrance.

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