Wood County schools use walk-out make up days for active shooter training

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Wood County teachers are learning how to respond to an active shooter situation this week.

They're going through ALICE training, which stands for alert, lock down, inform, counter and evacuate, in the event of an active shooter.

The Wood County Sheriff's Department, Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown Police Deparments trained teachers across the county throughout the week.

Law enforcement walked the halls of the schools shooting blank rounds, to show teachers and administration what to listen for if it were to ever happen.

ALICE training was at Parkersburg High School Thursday morning. Principal Kenny DeMoss says “The training, the practice of the drills, you know hearing the live rounds out in the building which is huge. I think it just helps prepare us for something that we hope never happens.”

Parkersburg Police Chief Joseph Martin gave the training at PHS. He says, “It gives us better incite when we create our plans to react to a mass shooting, what they're experiencing so we can modify or maybe change some of the things we do to better ease the tensions that they have or the curiosity that we've never thought about."

High school counselors also met at West Virginia University at Parkersburg to learn more about mental health. And bus drivers were trained on how to react to an active shooter situation on a bus.

The Wood County Board of Education Safety Director, Don Brown, says the county was fortunate to have the teachers and administrators in the classrooms for an extra week this year. Those days were added because of the statewide teacher walkouts earlier this spring.

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