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Teachers see Special Response Team tactics at inservice

Kimberly Jordan • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:02 PM

Area teachers got a taste of what sheriff's deputies do when responding to crisis situations during the final day of an inservice Friday.

The Wilson County Sheriff's Department invited teachers to the James E. Ward Ag Center on Friday to view a number of vehicles and types of equipment the department utilizes in crisis situations.

Deputy Mike Owen said this is the first year the department has done an inservice, and Charlie Hobson, who served as coordinator, said all the teachers who participated in the week-long inservice will receive credit toward renewal of their teaching certificate.

"We have people from Wilson, Davidson, Sumner and Robertson counties and a lady from Virginia who heard about it and came," Hobson said.

He said Cumberland University allowed the inservice to be held on its campus for the week.

The week featured various topics including gangs, the juvenile justice system, which was lead by Judge Barry Tatum, and several others. The final day was devoted to giving the teachers an idea of how the department handles crises. This included having the participants board a bus and be in the middle of a mock shooting situation.

"It allows them to have an idea of what they and the kids would go through if they were in this environment," Owens said.

Sheryl Schettinger, who traveled from Virginia, said she learned a lot during the week and enjoyed the experience.

"I think student teachers should go through these, too," she said.

She also said the skills are some "I can use everyday, not just in the classroom. I can use them when I am at the mall, or anywhere. It makes you be more aware of your surroundings.

Karen Hobson, who works at Cumberland, said teachers who participated and turn in their paper work to the state receive three hours credit toward their license renewal.

"After Sandy Hook, we thought it would be a good thing for teachers to learn," she said.

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