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Cossatot to host active shooter class Jan. 17

Cossatot to host active shooter class Jan. 17

December 6th, 2018 by Gazette Staff in Texarkana News

An active shooter class has been scheduled for 2 to 4:30 Jan. 17 in the Barbara Horn Civic Center at UA Cossatot in Ashdown, Ark.

The program will be presented by UA Cossatot's Police Department, which includes Monte Stringfellow, Jason Curtis and Hector Cortez.

"Law enforcement officers and agencies are frequently requested by schools, businesses, churches, health care personnel, and community members for direction and presentations on what they should do if confronted with an active shooter event," said Roxie Jones, Little River County Cooperative Extension Service specialist.

The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004, provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event, Jones said.

Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, and medical issues.

"What is the difference between "Avoid Deny Defend" and "Run Hide Fight?"" she said.

"Many schools and businesses prefer the terminology of Avoid Deny Defend, because it is more in line with their human resources department and educational standards. They believe that 'Avoid' is a more palatable word than 'Run,' because 'Run' disenfranchises those who are unable to physically run," Jones said.

"Deny," as in denying access to your location, is a stronger word than "Hide." And while "Fight" is an action that is forbidden on most school campuses, "Defend" is a last resort safeguard, a right and an opportunity to guard against life-threatening action. Ultimately, whichever plan you use, we encourage you to have a plan and be aware of your surroundings, be safe and know that What You Do Matters," she said.

There is no charge and you do not have to pre-register for the class. For more information call 870-582-5639.

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