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Course trains teachers against active shooters

August 25, 2018

RIO HONDO — Jerry Vargas stood in front of more than 100 school teachers and employees, and asked them if they had heard of Victoria Soto.

No one in the room recognized her photo beaming on the overhead projector.

Vargas said Soto saved her students before losing her life during the Sandy Hook school shooting.

The teachers in the room were quiet and listening to Vargas’ every word during a course for Rio Hondo Independent School District employees about what to do as a civilian during an active shooter situation.

Vargas explained the survivor’s mentality and talked to them about how the body reacts during stressful situations, what to do during an active shooter situation and how to handle a situation if there is no way out of the building. His best tips to the group were to get out of the building, and don’t stick around to find out what happens.

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