Belen schools train in case of emergency

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Belen Consolidated Schools administrators armed themselves earlier this month with the skills to disarm any attacker and protect and defend their schools in an active-shooter situation.

With the skills they picked up through an active-shooter response training course, they will now pass them onto students and stand up against attackers that might come into Belen schools.

"Here in Belen, we want to be proactive," said Jerry Moya, the district's mentor support teacher.

Moya suggested the district bring this training to Belen since there have been 12 school shootings throughout the nation, including 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

"It's been one incident after another," Moya said.

Which is why Larry Allen, president of Global One, took on the task to teach administrators how to prevent and prepare if faced with someone wielding a weapon, respond to the situation at hand and recover from the threat.

School administrators picked up self-defense techniques at the course, including, disarming strategies, basic defensive tactics and using common sense.

The course helps administrators mentally prepare themselves and create plans to respond to the threat of someone armed and dangerous coming into their schools.

"We don't want them to be a soft target. The bad guys are looking for soft target," Allen said. "We want to make them a hard target."

A gunman's goal is to enter the school, create as much chaos as possible and kill as many individuals as they can before police arrive, which can take anywhere from two to three minutes, Allen said.

Global One's goal is to show that a person does not have to be a victim, but can be a victor. From there, Allen said, repeated practice can turn these skills into second-nature responses.

"If you're not told these things, you don't know," he said.


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