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Preparing for the worst
Survival skills taught during session 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.
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.
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.