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Oregon Trail School District puts emphasison safety, preparedness with staff and student training

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Teachers lined up to practice techinques aimed to disarm an attacker at Run, Hide, Fight training on Thursday, Aug. 24. The Oregon Trail School District has made safety a top priority for years, and increasingly so since 2011.

For six years, the district has taught its staff and students "Run, Hide, Fight" practices to utilize in the case of an active shooter or other dangerous circumstances.

This year, with one week until school starts, all new teachers for the district gathered at Sandy High School to learn about Run, Hide, Fight from district Superintendent Aaron Bayer and Sandy Police Department's own officers Armando Olmos and William Wetherbee.

"We've found when people just go into lockdown, lock everything down and hide in the corner, that's when people get killed," Bayer said during the lecture on Thursday, Aug. 24. "That's why the federal government says you have three options: run, hide, fight."

After a detailed presentation on protocol, the teachers all convened in the school's mat room and practiced taking out an active shooter or, in this case, police officer Luke Hodges with a plastic gun.

"Public (education) has been a target-rich environment in the 21st Century," Bayer added. "We're always talking to kids about safety."

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