Lawmakers Aim to Provide Funding for Shooter Training in Schools

Published 04/08 2014 05:55PM

Updated 04/08 2014 06:07PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Lawmakers in Missouri have added a provision to the state's budget that would provide training for active shooter situations.

"Our kids are our future and if we're not looking out for them and we're not protecting them there's nobody to protect them," said  Captain Tiger Parson, with the Buchanan County Sheriff's Department.

Missouri schools will soon have state funding available for training on how to respond to a school shooting.

The Buchanan County Sheriff's Department already provides their own training for school officers. They say they're glad the state will assist with the funds needed to make that happen.

"Everybody's pretty much relied on their own training and funding now it's all standardized," stated Parson.

The provision was added late Monday by Senator Kurt Schaefer. It would provide $750,000 to be used solely for school safety and active shooter response training.

"Every agency we worked with works under the same set of guidelines and the same protocol for response to a school shooting," added Parson.

"Schools need to make sure that they have the appropriate personnel trained within the buildings," said Dr. Jake Long, director of transportation and safety for the St. Joseph School District. 

The school district has practiced similar training exercise including mock abductions but never anything to this level. School leaders say it's important that type of training also be provided in case their ever was a shooting.

It's good that they're setting aside some funding for people to go through some of those training's. It'll be interesting to see how the details go ahead and get worked out but it is good that their recognizing that need," added Long.

The grants would be administered by the Missouri School Boards' Association.

Governor Jay Nixon is expected to approve the funding next month. If passed, the money would be added to budget in July.

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