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San Antonio Teachers Train To Stop School Shootings
Its' been two weeks since the school massacre in Connecticut and recently schools here in Texas have been asked to review their safety procedures. Now, a group of San Antonio teachers are taking protection to the next level, as they fight back learning how to take down a shooter.
Bridget Lopez, a kindergarten teacher, says in today's world a self-defense course to stop a massacre is needed. "As a teacher my job is to educate my students, but it's also to protect them and to keep them safe," she says.
"To have to take somebody down, and to protect your life and the life of others, it is a scary thought and so it can deter others from doing it. I was deterred at first to come, but I'm glad that I did," says Naomi Winkler. She says she doesn't want what happened in Connecticut to stand a chance of happening in San Antonio.
The course is offered free of charge to teachers, coaches, anyone who works for a school.
Owner Pete Hardy believes trained teachers can make the difference. "You've got to have the mentality that when this happens, you're ready to do whatever it takes," he says. "We have one goal, we just want to save lives, man. I'm tired of watching these news casts and knowing that nobody has done anything. It drives me crazy."
by Gary Cooper, KENS 5