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New Mexico teachers receiving training to confront active shooters using bare hands, pepper spray

March 8, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
New Mexico teachers receiving training to confront active shooters using bare hands, pepper spray

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New Mexico teachers training to confront active shooters using pepper spray and bare hands

Teachers in New Mexico are receiving training to confront active shooters with their bare hands, pepper spray, and strobe lights. The teachers say that they want to be as safe as possible in case of an active shooter situation after the horrific attack in Parkland, Florida.

Following the massacre in Parkland, Florida, that resulted in the deaths of 17 students and teachers, educators in New Mexico are taking actions into their own hands.

According to KRQE, teachers from Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, New Mexico, came together in a self-defense workshop on Sunday, according to KRQE News. The teachers were given training on how to protect themselves by using hand-to-hand combat, high-tech pepper spray, and strobe lights.

One of the devices, the Tiger Light Defense Alert Device, gives the teacher multiple self-defense options that can be used in the event of an attack.

“I can spray them I can hit them, there is a lot I can do,” Assistant Principal Deb Moya stated.

The device used pepper spray and a bright strobe light to distract an attacker temporarily. It can also be used to intensify punching power when placed in an individual’s fist. The high-tech equipment also sends out an emergency alert via a phone app. However, Albuquerque Public School (APS) policy forbids teachers from possessing pepper spray.

The training program is being conducted in a dance studio owned by Rio Rancho teacher Christina Daly. She said that she wants to substitute teachers’ fear with confidence.

“I was afraid to go to work, and I was having nightmares,” Daly told the Albuquerque Journal. “I was afraid for my students because I want to protect them.”

One of the instructors, Rio Rancho officer Gloria Marcott, gave instructions on how to punch and other self-defense methods for getting out a chokehold or fighting against a knife attack.

“We’ve gotta get from thinking I’m going to be OK to knowing I’m going to be OK,” Marcott said to the class of teachers.

After the training, local police officers and sheriff’s deputies led an active shooter training.

New Mexico policy does not permit teachers to carry concealed firearms in schools. However, the state does allow armed “security guards.”

A local security guard and self-defense training company is raising funds to help teachers become certified security guards to work around the state’s rules against teachers being armed.

3D Security Training Solutions is also working with other groups to provide guns and ammunition to teachers at no cost.

School districts have individual policies about armed security guards in schools. APS currently forbids armed security guards from working in schools.

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