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Preparing for the worst

Survival skills taught during session at Aztec HIgh School

Farmington Daily Times
San Juan County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer Donnie Kee speaks to teachers during a safety and survival seminar for school employees Wednesday at Aztec High School.

Dozens of employees of local school districts crowded into the library at Aztec High School today for a safety and survival class aimed at providing them with the skills to respond to school emergencies.

San Juan County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer Donnie Kee, left, and Aztec High School Principal Warman Hall talk during a safety and survival training seminar for area school employees Wednesday at Aztec High School.

Aztec Superintendent Kirk Carpenter said the training was inspired by the San Juan County safety task force, a group of community stakeholders formed to address student safety in the wake of the shooting at Aztec High School in December that left two students dead. Local law enforcement representatives are providing the same training to school employees across the county to maintain a consistent approach.

Aztec Police Department School Resource Officer John Welch addresses listeners Wednesday during a safety and survival seminar for area school employees at Aztec High School.

The event was designed to deal with everyday situations and school emergencies. The training covered such topics as observation skills, recognition of suspicion, crisis decision making, bomb threat response, management of fear and specific actions to be taken during an emergency.