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Rural school districts taking active shooter training

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Rural communities in Montana taking extra precautions to make sure students are safe. Friday teachers in the Sun River Valley district received what's called ALICE training, the training preps them for active shooter situations. Although our cameras were not allowed to film the training Dave Marzolf, superintendent for Sun River Valley told us, "it use to be lock your door and hide and now its grab whatever you can and attack."

ALICE emphasizes being alert, locking down the school, informing authorities, creating distractions, and evacuating the students. Teachers were able to practice these five steps as a Cascade County Deputy dressed as an active shooter made their way through the school. Although, Thursday was the last day Marzolf said that during the 2018-2019 school year the staff will teach students what they learn in the training.

In Vaughn, the installation of a new security system means the building is more secure than the previous years. The district installed a coded key pad with a camera. In order to be let in the building, a secretary must push a button and someone looks at you and opens the door for you. They have also installed over a dozen camera.

Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards said he can assure you there is protocol in place and it will be followed in the case an active shooter is present. He explains that no matter what happens, do not try to take matters into your own hands.

Edwards said, "I get it I'm a parent and I would probably be one of the first ones on the door step. However my guys and gals do not know you and they are going to have a lot to do, lord forbid this happens so just remember if you do show up just make sure to listen to our deputies and don't bring a gun."

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