Wichita Public Schools is mandating all students and staff watch an active shooter training video.
The video was required viewing when it was first produced by the district in 2015 using the district’s drama students. It became a recommendation in 2016, but will be mandated again starting next school year.
The video features drama students staging an active shooter situation and demonstrates the principles of Run, Hide, Fight. The instructions are meant to be a simple, direct and easy to recall during the chaos of an emergency, similar to the idea of "stop, drop and roll" during a fire.
“We know that when you’re in a crisis situation as a human being, your natural physiological response is to have your blood move away from your brain,” said Terri Moses, executive director of safety services for the school district.
Run, Hide, Fight is based on the instructions provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Stephan Bisaha, based at KMUW in Wichita, is an education reporter for the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KMUW, Kansas Public Radio, KCUR and High Plains Public Radio covering health, education and politics. Follow him on Twitter @SteveBisaha. Kansas News Service stories and photos may be republished at no cost with proper attribution and a link back to the original post.