On Monday, October 9th, teachers during their professional development day were trained to prepare in case the horrific event of a shooter entering the school were to happen. Mike Richardson, a lieutenant from the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, explained the protocols for what teachers should do if there ever was a shooter within our school. Some staff of New Haven High were asked questions over the presentation.
The first question asked if there was anything they could describe from the presentation. Mr. Hagedorn replied with, “The sheriff went into detail over statistics and data about the current state of drugs in Franklin county and about shooters. He also discussed how to react when a shooter comes into the school.”
Mrs. Oelrichs then discussed what the teachers learned from the presentation: “We teachers need a concrete plan if a shooter were to enter the school.”
“I learned a lot from this training session--necessary things, if unsettling. In particular, I learned about something called ‘combat breathing,’ which is a way to stay calm in a stressful situation. This trick could be the difference between staying present and mindful in a scary event or panicking completely,” said Ms. McCroskey.
Another question asked was what shocked the teachers the most, and Mr. Pruessner answered, “How much it is on the teachers to step in if there is an active shooter and how we are the first line of defense.”
The staff were also asked if there was anything the teachers could pass on to students, and Mr. Hagedorn said, “It’s a shame that we have this conversation about shootings. When I was in high school and college, also when I started teaching, it was a rare concern. It’s just a shame that students have to be subjected to these shootings and the talk of them.”
Thank you to Mike Richardson for providing our teachers with active shooter training and for helping them prepare for other dangers our school might face.