Belen school bus drivers get training on dealing with gunmen

Created: 02/28/2014 6:51 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It’s something that’s becoming all too familiar at schools across the country – teachers and principals trained on what to do if a gunman comes on campus.

But at some schools in Belen, their bus drivers are now getting that kind of training.

The scenarios were all too real for bus driver Julia Draper. “It’s scary, you know, life flashes before your eyes kind of thing,” said Draper.

Like many, Draper said last month’s school shooting in Roswell hit close to home. “Of course, everybody has that in the back of their mind. Well, it won’t even happen to me but I think it’s better to be aware of it and never need it,” added Draper.

Many districts across the country have been training their faculty and staff on how to react to a threat, and now training has gone beyond campus.

Don Cole is with the Belen Consolidated School District’s transportation department. “It’s sad we have to plan for something like this but the way the world is today that's what we have to do,” said Don Cole.

For bus drivers, the training is about not fighting back but staying calm, and trying to keep students on the bus calm as well.

“If one thing happens to one student or all the students, there’s the parents, you know, everything and it’s a lot, it’s a lot,” said Draper.

The district’s superintendent told KOB Eyewitness News 4 teachers will be trained next. 

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