Baldwinsville staff trained for active shooter
Baldwinsville, N.Y. —
Today the Baldwinsville Central School District had an active shooter training. The staff had a development day, which meant no school for the students.
They started in the auditorium as Amoured One gave a presentation on what to do if a shooter were to come into the school. Amoured one is a company made up largely of police and former members of the military that study attacks and shootings.
The staff and Amoured one then moved into the cafeteria where discussion became more real.
Gunshots were heard echoing in the cafeteria as staff quickly ran out of the building. They felt the intensity of what a real active shooter situation could be like.
Donna Adams is a teacher's assistant. She realizes even in Baldwinsville, even in a small town, anything can happen.
"Those other children thought it couldn't happen to them either and I think it's good for us to understand it can happen," Donna said.
She wants everyone in the district to be prepared for dangerous situations. Donna sits in the attendance office and is the first person students see when they walk in.
She said hearing the gunshots hit home for her because she sees the students as her kids and wants them to know she is always there for me.
"I actually screamed as if it could've been a real thing and I was replaying in my head things I had learned but more importantly the students that lost their lives that this is probably the last thing they did, was try to escape," Donna said.
The guns used in this training were Nerf guns and fake plastic guns to simulate what a real incident might feel like.
Superintendent Matthew McDonald says since the Florida shooting, students, staff, and parents are walking on eggshells.
"I feel like it's my responsibility to do everything in my power to protect our community, our kids by doing what we're doing today," Superintendent McDonald said.
He says students and staff are distracted from the school curriculum everywhere and focusing on how to survive. He says he is doing everything he can to work with the district to come up with new plans and new ways to protect everyone.
"How can a kid ever learn when they're scared," Superintendent McDonald said.