Teachers and staffers use their training to evacuate the school after mock armed intruder began shooting. (Tony Duncan/Johnson City Press)
A group of 60 Washington County schoolteachers are likely the first in the country to receive armed intruder training to learn how to protect students and themselves in the event of a school shooting event here.
The training, an eight-hour teacher in-service, came through sheriff’s officers, who learned the multi-faceted program techniques in April from a Florida-based group that developed them.
Sheriff Ed Graybeal and Director of Schools Ron Dykes worked together to bring the training to Washington County, according to Lt. Doug Gregg.
“It’s going to be a thing for this county and this school system. It’s an initial project ... we’re the first county in Tennessee and probably across the country that’s utilized it and put into place and taught it,” he said. “It’s just a good way to save some lives. If it saves one life, it’s worth every penny spent on it.”
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