PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - The job of a teacher is forever changing. Not only are they expected to educate our children but now they have to protect them.
Shots fired inside school walls is a scenario police train for, but what about those who work there? What should they do while help is on the way?
That's what the Unarmed Response to Active Shooter Training is for a course taught by Indiana State Police geared towards teachers.
For the first time ever teachers are training like police. They are learning what to do if a gunman enters their school and taking on a more active role.
This is a newly created course Jason Chew, assistant principal North Putnam High School, has never seen or heard of.
"This is the first time that we've been to one of these trainings where they have really talked in depth about the window of time as to when an active shooter actually begins to when law enforcement enters the building," Chew said.
Sergeant Corey Robinson, with the Indiana State Police, is one of several officers running the demonstration across the Hoosier State.
"Our hope is it gets them thinking to a more tactical mind set on how to better to protect themselves and their students," Robinson said.
Officers walked teachers down hallways of North Putnam High School sharing tips on how and where to hide or when to escape.
Then came the moment every teacher fears, an intruder entered the school.
To give teachers a real life feel for how long it takes for help to get there, Robinson set a timer for 4:37 the same time it took officers to respond to Sandy Hook Elementary.
"We want them to be exposed to that so they understand this is a time line you're looking at and if you can just keep the bad guy away from you for that long. We will get there," Robinson said.
But what happens while teacher wait?
Often teachers are told to run to their classrooms and lock the doors. During this training exercise teachers learned more than just that, they learned to run hide or fight.
"You have three options when one of these events un-fold," Robinson said. "Your first option is to run your second option is to hide and their third option is to fight. We want to convey that how they can do that the best way they can do that to protect their students."
David Basan, a teacher at North Putnam High School, watched the shooter walk down the hallway, shooting inside classrooms imagining his students as the targets.
Until officers arrive it's up to the teachers like Basan to know what to do; run, hide or fight?
"It's kind of scary to think it's your life or the intruders life and you have to really get in that mode of protecting yourself and or your students that it may take that to either use something in your room or fire extinguisher or something to actually kill that person because it's you or them," said Basan.
This training exercise was a first for teachers, but in this day and age, it seems to be a requirement inside school walls.
The Unarmed Response to Active Shooter Training class was the first of three for the Indiana State Police Putnamville District.
Throughout the summer two more schools will host a training class with the Indiana State Police for educators.
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