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Florida school's response to shooting examined by local school districts

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While school leaders and emergency responders in Florida were focused on getting students to safety, local officials were watching to look for what was done right or wrong, seeing what they could learn from it.

John Douglass, the former police chief in Overland Park who now is the director of safety for the Shawnee Mission School District, discussed Wednesday's response with KCTV5. 

One thing he noticed was the pace and position in which the students were leaving.

“You can see that they are well schooled in discipline," he said. "They have done this before. They have planned well, they have practiced well and they seem to executing appropriately.”

Teachers know if they can get away from the school, do so, through a door, or even a window. And they have tools to consider whether they should instead “hide in place.”

"If they know that all of the noise and the chaos is at the other end of a building and they are close to an evacuation door, get the kids out and get them away," Douglass said. 

When the shooter’s location is unclear because the shooting has stopped, Douglass says, officers secure one section of the school at the time.

They search for shooter in that section, and once it’s clear the shooter not there, they can move that section of kids out of their classrooms safely by flanking them as they file out.

In regards to preventing school shootings, Douglass says he wishes he had the solution. 

He points to the fact metal detectors haven't stopped the violence. 

“Remember the assault on Congress about 15 years ago, the first two people shot were Capital Police at the metal detectors," he said. 

He says he's working to create an atmosphere where students are comfortable with reporting specific concerns. 

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