By Jake Griffin
(Versailles, Ind.) - Indiana State Police will give local school administrators a lesson in stopping the unthinkable: an active shooter in hallways or classrooms.
The Indiana State Police has been designated as the lead agency in coordinating active shooter training with local school corporations throughout the entire state. Indiana State Police Superintendent, Douglas Carter along with Governor Mike Pence, have initiated an active shooter training program for school administrators.
One of Superintendent Carter’s and Governor Pence’s high priorities is to ensure that every effort is made to provide the safest possible environment for all of the children in the State of Indiana.
In reaching this goal, they have launched an effort along with the Department of Education to create and implement a statewide training program called "Safe Schools/Active Shooter" that is open to all those that care for children.
The ultimate goal is to educate school administrators on proper response to an active shooter situation, how law enforcement responds to active shooter situations, and what school personnel can do to mitigate injury and the loss of life in such a horrific circumstance.
There will be upcoming presentations at area high schools for superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and school resource officers or school safety specialists.
One such presentation will be at South Ripley High School, 1589 S. Benham Road, Versailles, on Thursday, June 27 at 9:00 a.m.
Another will be Thursday, June 6 at 9:00 a.m. at Hauser High School, 9273 N. State Road 9, in Hope.
East Central High School will be the site of a similar presentation organized by the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant Principal Jamie Ballart says the school will host an extensive six-hour training and drill beginning at 8:00 a.m. for office staff and administrators. Three Dearborn County Sheriff Department officers will demonstrate a complete mock scenario of an active shooter and violent intruder.