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Educators learn how to deal with active shooters

Created: 03/04/2014 5:41 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A conference was held today in Albuquerque which brought together law enforcement and educators from all around New Mexico. The goal: To share ideas regarding safety in our schools and what to do when administrators and law enforcement have to come together anytime there's a crisis. 

Educators from across the state became students Tuesday, learning how to respond to an active shooter situation.

It's been only seven weeks since police say 12-year-old Mason Campbell walked into Roswell's Berrendo Middle School with a shotgun and began to shoot. Two students were hit. The Governor says the day before the shootings, Roswell Police, Berrendo Middle school administrators and students had been training for this type of situation.

Tuesday, the Public Education Department offered training at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque. The one-day workshop focuses on things like lockdowns, how to manage an active shooter situation and how to reunite students with their parents.

During the shooting in Roswell, parents picked up their kids at the mall.

Greg Fouratt is the new Secretary DPS Designate. He's from Roswell, so it's very personal.

"I heard so often about school shootings at different places around the country, that if you're anything like me sometimes you can grow a little bit numb to this. But then it happened in my hometown," Fouratt said.

The two students who were shot at Berrendo Middle School are still recovering from home. The accused shooter, Mason Campbell, is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center in Chaves County.


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