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Oakland County Teachers Will Receive Active Shooter Training

The sheriff's office, Oakland Schools and the county's Homeland Security division will collaborate on the training program.

Teachers and school staff in Rochester and across Oakland County will receive expert training in the next two months on how to react in an active school shooter situation.

County officials said Friday that the Oakland County Sheriff's Office and the county's Homeland Security Division will conduct five training sessions for school personnel starting in two weeks. 

In addition, Sheriff Michael Bouchard will give active shooter presentations on site at various schools in the county.

Bouchard has received numerous requests for the presentations, he said.

"Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly, which requires people on the scene to be prepared both mentally and physically while waiting for law enforcement to arrive,” Bouchard said in a statement. 

The training is in response to the shooting tragedy last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. 

“Dec. 14, 2012 is emblazoned on our memories forever,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in a statement. “Many died in the Newtown, Conn. tragedy. But many others survived because teachers knew just what to do with a shooter in the building.”

After the shooting in Newtown, leaders from the county's Homeland Security division and Oakland Schools met to plan the upcoming large-scale training sessions.

In Rochester, the schools have implemented a revised locked-door policy since the shooting Dec. 14. All school doors, including the main entrance doors, are now locked during the school day. Interim Superintendent Tresa Zumsteg said this week she is meeting with the district's Critical Incident Team and with leaders from Rochester Schools and other area schools in the coming week to discuss further security measures. 

Deb Miller January 12, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Right on! I also hope the schools also keep the locked door policy in effect from now on.
Carol Jackson January 12, 2013 at 04:19 PM
I disagree, although I can understand why you feel that way. However, don't we want our children to evaluate what the risks of any situation are & to act accordingly? The greatest threat to our children's lives is not school shooters; it's being in cars. We don't think about that because that risk has been normalized in our society, but using automobiles as our primary means of transportation puts our children at much greater risk than if we offered more modes of transport -- including modifying our communities to encourage more walking. RCS would do more to save its students lives by banning student drivers from its property than by locking all doors. I am not so naive as to suppose parents would ever let RCS do that, but shouldn't we as adults want to model risk analysis & response for our children & not teach them to be so fearful in school when the risks inherent in their (& our driving) are so much greater?
Peter Griffin January 13, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Really??????? You serious???? Ban all student drivers from RCS property? What good does that do? What about students in after school sports or other activities? They have to get home if their parents work. What about the fun of driving to school and showing off your nice car/truck, cool engine, or nice exhaust? I think there is a greater risk having kids walk or ride bikes to school. Crossing busy intersections on foot or on a bike is much more risky than turning left across traffic in a car or truck. At least when my kids are in a car/truck (excluding these micro-joke clown cars on the road) I know they will be safer than on a bike (or walking) if another driver does something unexpected. I am not going to have my kids walk or ride a bike 4 miles each way to school. Locking the school is the best solution for now -- until we have something better. Don't we do the same thing at home?? I don't think locking the doors at home teaches our kids to be afraid and also doesn't effect the way "our children evaluate what the risks of any situation are & [how to] act accordingly". Even though we can only do so much to protect our kids, the most important thing is that they feel safe and can concentrate on learning (not obsessing about being safe when in school). When there is a better solution, I am sure the RCS will implement it.
Pat Haugland January 13, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Not toentipn that when the doors are closed and locked all the time every time a child goes to the washroom s/he has to knock then be let in. That isn't a big deal, but the constant repetition of that action ingrains an automatic response of opening the door to a knock, which isn't the response you want to be automatic. Better is to leave doors locked but open. At first sign of trouble just close the door. The other question that comes to mind is - do we really believe a locked door will stop a lunatic with a loaded gun intent on killing???

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