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KINGSLEY -- On the heels of the attack at Ohio State University this past Monday, Susquehanna County officials and the FBI teamed up for an active shooter seminar.

More than 100 people from various organizations showed up Thursday, including some groups you may not expect.

The dramatic scene from a film that was shown to the crowd gathered at the Mountain View High School auditorium could also be something straight out of a Hollywood movie, but it was actually a video produced by the FBI as an educational device.

The video was part of an “Active Shooter” seminar hosted by the Susquehanna County Department of Public Safety and the FBI that roughly 120 people came out to attend.

“Approximately 70 percent of the incidents occurred in either a commerce or business or educational related environment,” said Special Agent Robert Pipcho.

This seminar comes as violent attacks are happening at places such as school buildings, movie theaters, churches, and college campuses.

Most recently as this past Monday, there was a campus attack at Ohio State University.

And maybe because of those locations, many came from organizations that could become targets in the future.

Greg Confer is the vice president and general manager of Elk Mountain Ski Resort.

“I think it's important that we all are aware of what's going on with the world right now, pay attention,” said Confer.

Jennifer Walker and Suzanne Winn run the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Susquehanna County, a religious education center for children, and take care of roughly 300 children year-round.

“We're there for the children, so we really want to make sure that we're protecting them to the best of our ability,” said Walker. “So it's really important that we're here tonight so we can figure out what type of protocols to put into place, so we can be as ready as possible.”

“Sometimes we have lockdowns at school, I know it probably won't happen, but it still runs through my mind that it could, and it's just scary,” said Lena Penny, a sophomore at Mountain View.

The Susquehanna County Public Safety Department is holding a second seminar on Friday, December 9th.

It will be at 9:30 am at Blue Ridge High School but you must register to attend.

To register send an email to Nancy Tator with the Public Safety Department.

Her email address is ntator@susqco.com

 

1 Comment

  • keith hinkel

    HOT NEWS! There is no way to prepare–these nuts just ACT & FAST! Some folks will be injured/killed before guards–if any– can react.

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