Experts weigh in on active shooter training at Texas schools

After the Uvalde tragedy, some law enforcement experts say it’s better to be prepared for an active shooter than to be unprepared. But a leader of a group of teachers thinks that more training will not solve the problem.

Harry Jimenez, an active shooter instructor, believes better cooperation with multiple law enforcement agencies could save lives during an active shooter situation.

“What we don’t believe is that just doing drills without training because you’re setting schools up to fail,” Jimenez said.

After working in undercover operations with Homeland Security and conducting criminal investigations in San Antonio, Jimenez provided hours of active shooter training with police departments, first responders and teachers.

“But we have to have an integrated response,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez thinks detailed, repetitive realistic training on school campuses could result in fewer fatalities, compared to similar workshops with limited hands-on practice.

Ovidia Molina is president of the Texas State Teachers Association and said Governor Greg Abbott should do more to address gun violence.

“And take steps to make sure the guns don’t get into the hands of dangerous people,” Molina said.

Molina doesn’t think training and spot checks will make schools safer.

Last week, Governor Abbott ordered all public schools in Texas to undergo active shooter training.

Jimenez says these trainings could continue throughout December.