Homeland Security Director Richard Canas would mandate emergency response training for all K-12 teachers and staff, including substitutes. He also would require elementary and secondary schools to conduct periodic security drills, much like the fire drills schools are now required to hold.
"My concern is we’re seeing a pattern of active shooters around the country. So I have to conclude we’re going to see one here pretty soon," said Canas. "We’re more apt to see an active shooter in a school than we are al-Qaida attacking something in New Jersey. That bothers me, that I know that, and then, what are we not doing?" Canas, who heads the state’s two-year-old Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness told The Associated Press he has been working with the Education Department and the New Jersey Education Association, the largest state teachers union, to make the training component happen, perhaps as early as September.
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