OAK RIDGE (WATE) – Roane State Community College is preparing for the worst when it comes to having an active shooter on campus. Faculty and staff members got hands on training Friday morning on defending themselves.
There’s no telling when teachers will encounter an armed intruder. That’s why computer science teacher George Maghabghab signed up for the needed training.
“We need to pull the blinders off our eyes and really be ready to face anything,” said Maghabghab.
Maghabghab was one of many getting trained by the Oak Ridge Police Department.
“The bottom line is, I need to be ready at any time to face the unpredictable,” said Maghabghab.
Maghabghab is glad his school is stepping up. Melinda Hillman, the Oak Ridge branch campus vice president, says community colleges need to step up because a school shooting can happen anywhere.
“This is an opportunity to actually teach yourself the correct things to do to keep yourself and your class safe,” said Hillman.
Hillman says the school will have another training session in the future for those who couldn’t make it Friday. Roane State also held a training session Friday afternoon. Both sessions lasted three hours.