K-12 EDUCATION

Granite School District says it’s prepared in case of an active shooter

Mar 29, 2023, 11:57 AM | Updated: 12:45 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Almost a year after Uvalde and in the wake of the Covenant school shooting, schools are figuring out how to prepare for an active shooter. Many schools were forced to practice their response when a series of fake active shooter reports made their way through Utah schools on Wednesday, March 29.

Chief of Staff for Granite School District Ben Horsley joined Dave and Dujanovic to discuss what the district is doing to prepare in case of a shooting.

Response time in the case of the Uvalde shooting was highly criticized, as the gunman was left in Robb Elementary School for over 70 minutes before police intervened.

Horsley pointed to a false alarm a few months ago, when Granger Elementary School received a school shooter threat. Over 200 officers “immediately” stormed the building in response to the report.

Aside from a quick response from law enforcement, the school acted fast too. Horsley said the school quickly cleared the hallways and got kids into classrooms.

Aside from training, all GSD officers have master keys to help with a quick response time.

“I have a lot of confidence knowing that if some similar tragedy or horrendous activity were to occur in our campuses or any campus here within our state, that the response would be quite similar,” Horsley said.

Listen to the full Dave and Dujanovic segment:

 

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