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Pratt teachers train with new system to help keep students safe

Published: Jan. 21, 2019 at 6:44 PM CST
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Monday morning, staff at Pratt schools learned how to use a new system to help protect students in the event of an active shooter.

The system, called Safe Defend is an instant alert system aimed at armed intruders.

"Getting law enforcement there quicker is the number one thing that we can do to protect our students, faculty and staff," says Douglas Paris who provided Monday's training in Pratt.

In the event of an active shooter, faculty at Pratt's Liberty Middle School can find hubs located throughout the building and activate them with their fingerprints. Doing so alerts other faculty members and law enforcement and first responders.

Once the alert goes out, faculty in the main office have another option. A lockbox, also fingerprint activated, contains self-defense items including batons and pepper spray.

Beth Reller, a kindergarten teacher in Pratt says she appreciates the training she never has to use.

"Obviously I hope that all of this knowledge will be useless to me, but it's good to have for sure, especially with the world we live in today," she says.

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