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Only in Print: Diocese’s Teachers Trained on Active Shooter | February 1, 2020

Teachers participated in an active shooter drill held in a classroom at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy. (Photo: Wandy Felicita Ortiz)

WINDSOR TERRACE — One sign of the times is that teachers must know how to confront an active shooter.

On Jan. 17, teachers from four Catholic schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn gathered at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy, Windsor Terrace, and St. Frances De Sales Catholic Academy, Belle Harbor, for training on what to do if a gunman enters their classroom.

Such teacher training is now mandatory in New York City. At St. Joseph the Worker, a 60-minute “active-shooter” presentation and lockdown drill was presented by law-enforcement personnel through Synergy Solutions and Ratio Risk Services.

During the presentation, educators learned that 85 percent of school shootings are over in five minutes or less, and 50 percent of the time, the encounter is over by the time police arrive on the scene.

That means it’s up to the teacher in the classroom to be the first-responder…

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