Josh Meribole–Staff Writer
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was the site of the most recent school shooting in the United States. Relatedly, Dordt announced a new emergency system last week. This system will warn students whenever there is an emergency on campus, and provide additional information about what is occurring.
According to the FBI, there were 220 active shooter incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2016, leaving 661 people dead. Approximately 15 percent these of active shooter incidents occurred in PK-12 schools.
“When we went into the profession of wanting to be teachers, we did not think that we would have to potentially throw our bodies in front of our students,” said Megan Van Den Berg, a senior Elementary Education Major.
Most schools nationwide implement active shooter training for students and staff.
In the past, the training involved schools going into lockdown and remaining in lockdown state for a period of time.
Gary McEldowney, the principal of Sioux Center High School, explains the training that is done in his school: Alert Lockdown Inform Counter and Evacuate (ALICE).
“We have ALICE training, we have done it with our teaching staff, we have done simulation of an intruder,” McEldowney said.
During the last drill, in the fall of 2017, the school did something different. The Local Law Enforcement shot blanks up in the air. Parents, Student, and teachers were told about this prior to the firing. The purpose, he explained, was so that people would know what an active shooter situation would sound like, as well as how to properly respond.
“We are empowering our staff and student to understand that they have options if presented in a bad situation,” he said.
With the looming threat of school shootings, there is political conversation about arming teachers.
“I have shot a gun at a shooting range and stuff, and I hated that feeling, that feeling in the hands,” Van Den Berg said.
However, she said that if it is the school board’s policy she would be willing to have a gun.
Politicians, gun control activists, and gun supporters are still debating about current gun laws. President Trump has proposed banning bump stocks as well as increasing the age of people to legally purchase some firearms from 18 to 21.
For more information on school shooting and warning signs look up: https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/stats-services-publications-school-shooter-school-shooter/view