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Educators Learn How To Respond To Active Shooter Inside School Building

SWAT teams carrying fake guns walk through the Delaware County Safe Schools summit in Drexel Hill. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

SWAT teams carrying fake guns walk through the Delaware County Safe Schools summit in Drexel Hill. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

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By Mike DeNardo

DREXEL HILL, Pa. (CBS) – What if an active shooter is inside a school?  Educators and law enforcement got together in Delaware County yesterday to compare notes on how to respond.

SWAT teams carrying fake guns walked through the Delaware County Safe Schools summit in Drexel Hill, to illustrate that law enforcement’s priority when arriving at a school with an active shooter is to stop the shooter.

Tim Boyce, the preparedness coordinator for the Delaware County D.A., says educators need to know that. “If you’re not mentally prepared, if you haven’t thought about this, training at the point of a gun really does inspire people.”

Educators were told to lock out, get out or take out the shooter.  And Jo Soroka, the principal of the Sunrise Christian School in Linwood says the prospect of taking out the gunman wasn’t mentioned in previous summits.

“That was never brought into it before, the action part — and like, how to respond in that action part.”

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