Only on News 5: Teachers, Guns, School Safety

Only on News 5: Teachers, Guns, School Safety

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The exercise was not about putting guns in the hands of teachers but instead understanding how police officers deal a such a scenario. As their anxiety rose and adrenaline started pumping educators became students.

"If you don't even have a plan of action you are already behind," says president of the Alabama Association of School Resource Officers Pam Revels.

This training is unique. It's not only officers taking part in the training but school principals, teachers and administrators.

"That gives them a better perspective of what law enforcement does," says Revels.

The training can be intense especially for folks who aren't use to having weapons and making life and death choices.

"Oh my adrenaline was going," says Etowah County school staffer Dena Cook. "It still is actually. It's amazing."

From clearing a room and identifying the bad guy, to confronting a shooter.

"I wanted to get the experience so if it happens to me I have the experience and know what to do," says Midfield High School principal Reggie Ware. "I feel like I have more power and I feel like I understand what it is to teach our kids safety," adds Cook.

A make believe scenario that has too often become reality. "If they can get the jitters out now through a simulation then when the real thing happens they are not as nervous or scared," says Ware.

With every real life tragedy there is more to learn says Revels. "Doing the what-ifs prepares you to have the mindset to be ready."

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