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Grandview teachers taking part in active shooter training drills

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Teachers in Grandview are learning how to possibly save lives if a shooter comes to their campus.

Active shooter training is now required for staff at all Missouri schools. They want to make Tuesday's training as real as possible so teachers and staff know what to do in an active shooter situation.

That means teachers and staff will be in classrooms, hallways, the library and the lunchroom at the time a mock shooting situation suddenly occurs.

They'll have to react to lockdown procedures at the Grandview High School from 8-11 a.m. Similar active shooter trainings are going on around the state like in Independence.

"We want this to be as real as possible," said Capt. Richard Rodgers, with the Grandview Police Department. "We'll have school district staff in classrooms, the library, the cafeteria and lingering in the hallways, and then begin a series of lockdown drills, including a perimeter lockdown and a hard lockdown."

In July of last year, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 75 that requires all school personnel to participate in a simulated active shooter and intruder response drill conducted by law enforcement professionals every year.

The bill requires all schools in Missouri to implement active shooter training programs.

Last month, several Grandview district staff members and local police officers took part in an active shooter training and drill development workshop, sponsored by the Center for Education Safety, the Missouri School Boards' Association and the Missouri School Resource Officers' Association.

"We want them to know they are not powerless. That first few moments of a critical incident the decisions they make really can make a difference in either saving their lives or the lives of one of their students," Grandview Police Chief Charles Iseman said.

After Tuesday's drill, members of the Grandview police and fire departments and school officials will decide what went well and what areas need improvement.

Grandview Superintendent Ralph Teran said a lot has changed, particularly in the last several years, in ways to approach intruders and shooters.

"Hopefully we'll never have to face it but we will be better prepared," he said.

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