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Denmark Teachers Train for Active Shooter

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Another local school district is more prepared in case of an active shooter after teachers in Denmark took part in a live-action training exercise Friday.

Plastic BBs flew though the air as teachers practiced what would happen in an active shooter situation.

"We want to make sure that we're proactive and we're as safe as we can be," said Tony Klaubauf, District Administrator of Denmark School District.

Denmark School District is the latest school district to take part in ALICE training. The training gets rid of a traditional lock down in case of a shooter and gives students and teachers options to fight off the shooter.

"It seems a lot more effective than just the sit and hide," said Nick Willow, Denmark High School science teacher. "You feel like you're actually trying to protect yourself."

Melissa Arps, ALICE instructor, said one component of the training is fighting back. "It can be throwing objects at the person, taking an object with you if you are going to be running or evacuating so you have something to use as a weapon, or even to distract them." 

Several parents in the district were concerned about school safety after the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012.

"Everybody kind of felt it could have happened in their own school," Klaubauf said.

And because of that, teachers in Denmark are trying to make sure they are ready if it ever did.
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