Lincoln County Hosts Active Shooter Training in Elementary Schools, Posts Dramatic Drill Photo

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Main Street Elementary School.
Schools in Lincoln County are preparing for the unimaginable: an active shooter inside the building.

Yesterday, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office posted a dramatic photo of what, at first glance, appears to be a terrible incident unfolding inside the hallways of a school.

The photo was taken inside Main Street Elementary School where the sheriff was apparently presenting a "real-life scenario" for teachers and staff to experience in an effort to help them understand how best to respond if a shooter does break into a school.

The department says it will be doing this in every school in Lincoln County.

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The trainings do not involve students.

Here's the full version of that photo:

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Since the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last December in Newtown, Connecticut -- in which a gunman shot and killed twenty children -- there have been heated debates across the country about gun control and school safety.

Missouri has been no exception. Earlier this year, we reported on a controversial proposal in Christian county to arm teachers. St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch got a lot of attention for suggesting a similar idea in the immediate aftermath of Newtown. St. Louis metro police officials offered seminars for school violence response in the months after the Connecticut shooting.

Shooting-intruder drills that do involve students have sparked backlash in the past, with some questioning whether it's psychologically damaging to children and unnecessary given the statistical rarity of these shootings.

Lincoln County police emphasize that this training only involved employees. Here's the full message the office posted along with its photo.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office conducted active shooter training for Main St. Elementary School employees (ONLY) today. The Sheriff presents a real life scenario for teachers and staff to experience so they can better understand and respond to active shooter events. The Sheriff plans on providing every school, in Lincoln County, this training.

Here is a photo of LT Lucas Wicks responding and engaging an active shooter from today's training.

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Catherine Claire
Catherine Claire

If we can practice for a tornado, there's no reason why the teachers shouldn't practice for other types of threats to children's safety. I think this is a great middle road response between giving everyone a gun or pretending Sandy Hook didn't happen. Information is the enemy of fear.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

@Jay, nowhere did this say it was arming the teachers. It was most likely a drill that will show the teachers how the police will respond, and give the teachers instruction of what is expected of them. Please stay on topic, this isn't a picture of "teachers take up arms to protect the kiddos", and there isn't a picture of a firearm in the hands of any school staff, nor doe the article imply such actions took place.

Alexray Magrini
Alexray Magrini

Shut up RFT Go back to your Juggalo whatever the fuck that was

Dan Porter
Dan Porter

I am wondering when Rupert Murdoch purchased River Front Times...

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

So, the faculty was conducting Active shooter Training, through the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, while there were NO students in the building, and the Sheriff's office publishes a photo of said training. Whats the problem with giving the teachers and staff the knowledge that could save "just one child's life"? I'm sure the training was conducted professionally and safely, and the teachers walked away with some knowledge. I see nothing wrong with it.

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