1. Teacher gets instruction on how to deal with classroom shooting
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sheriff Michael Smith, Utah County:
"In Utah teachers can legally carry guns in school, they can. The districts, they don't, there is liabilities issues involved and so there is a kind of a 'don't ask, don't tell.' Well the reality is that's what's happening, we want our teachers to be trained properly."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sheriff Michael Smith, Utah County:
"As a police officer, we are emergency responders, they, really, they are first responders, because when happens, it first happens, they're there. They're the first ones there. "
4. Teacher participating in classroom shooting drill
"Before I took this class, I would always, huddle my kids where it was safe, but then I would stand in front of them, but, between, so it was like just shot me to get through them. But now I have some more strategies in my toolbox I can use where I feel like can protect the kids more. It's not that I'm going to Rambo down the hall to clear the school. I'm able to protect my kids in my classroom with me."
6. Teacher on gun range
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Cindy Bullock, school secretary:
"I appreciated they took time to train us. Because I want to be able to, help. I don't want to sit back and not do anything, I want to be able fight back."
Teachers in Utah are spending their summer learning how to stuff wounds and shoot guns as part of a training held by police to prepare educators for an active shooter scenario in their schools.
About 30 teachers met at a gun range in central Utah on Saturday as part of the first Utah County Sheriff's Office Teacher's Academy, where educators spend four weeks practicing how to stay safe during a shooting. Other sessions have focused on de-escalation techniques, self-defense and medical responses.
Some educators said mass shootings in schools like Parkland and Sandy Hook inspired them to attend the training. Utah teachers who have concealed carry permits can lawfully bring their weapons to school.
Sheriff Mike Smith said the popularity of concealed carry in Utah necessitates such trainings.