SPECIAL REPORT: Exclusive Look at Teacher Gun Training
Updated: Friday, February 8 2013, 02:03 AM EST
ADAMS COUNTY -- With the heated debate about whether teachers should be armed following the Newtown school massacre, we wanted to get a first hand look at the special training a dozen educators will go through this spring.
During the ABC6 Town Hall on gun violence, the Buckeye Firearms Association offered to train teachers.
Some twelve hundred teachers and school staff have signed up for the three day course at the Tactical Defense Institute in Adams County.
But only 24 will be able to take part in the first class this spring.
ABC6/FOX28 reporter Tara Morgan went through some of what those teachers will experience including target practice and live scenarios.
Tactical Defense Institute Owner, John Benner, said the more experience the better when faced with real dangers like at Sandy Hook.
"Would you want your child to be in a firing squad do you want them to be a victim or do you want to give somebody a chance to save their life," said Benner.
The training includes classroom instruction on handling a gun, target practice and what to do during a role-play scenario where a gunman bursts into a school library.
"It actually puts them in live situations and and allows them to perform under stress," said Benner.
Benner said it's not something you can do just once.
He believes that type of training needs to be repeated for it to be beneficial.
Specific dates for the three day teacher training program have not been announced.
Reporter: Tara Morgan
Web Producer: Derek Drake