SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – Who knows when or where the next shooter turns up? Vendors sold equipment in San Marcos Sunday, while educators and police attended talks at the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, or ALERRT, program. All to defend against active shooters.
John-Michael Keyes lost his daughter to a school shooter. Since then, he gives talks like this one he gave Sunday stressing the importance of having a plan to reunite children with parents after a lock-down.
“Schools share the same goals with their parents. That is: I want to keep the student’s safe,” Keyes explained.
He talked about handling the media. Something he thinks was needed after misinformation spread throughout the Marysville High School shooting in Washington.
“The whole concept of assigning a person or a couple of people to both social media management as well as monitoring,” said Keyes.
“We’re going to build upon this and take our training one step further and hopefully prevent the next one from happening,” said Kristina Anderson, who was shot three times the day the Virginia Tech shooter stormed onto campus in 2007. She likes to see vendors selling equipment to break doors, after barricaded entry ways slowed things down that day.
“We don’t know what the next person is going to do. We can only have history to fall back on,” said Anderson.
Lessons learned so our community will know how to react when an active shooter strikes.