Educators from 12 states take 3-day firearms course

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Published on Apr 23, 2018
A group that keeps track of school shootings in the U.S. said there were 240 incidents since 2013 -- about one a week -- including one last week at a high school near Spokane, Washington.

Some teachers believe the answer is to arm themselves, while others strongly disagree.

Eight states allow kindergarten through 12th-grade school staff who have a concealed carry license to be armed. But of the 40 states prohibiting firearms in schools, many have a loophole that can allow it.

More than 1,000 educators from 12 states have taken a three-day firearms course in rural Ohio called FASTER Saves Lives.

One elementary school principal says that hitting the mock gunman targets is preparation for protecting his students.

"When I walk down the halls I actually think about where I would go, how would I react," he said.

Most of the participants asked CBS News to protect their identities, including one middle school teacher who keeps her 9-millimeter handgun on her during class.

"You have to know the important thing is to eliminate the threat, and do that at all costs," she said.

Instructors test participants on taking down a gunman and treating wounds.

Funded by a pro-gun group and donations, the training is free. It began after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

Abbey Clements' 19 students survived, and now she is one of a dozen Newtown teachers fighting to keep guns out of classrooms.

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