Santa Fe, N.M. School Students Can Opt Out of Active Shooter Video
Parents of students in the Santa Fe, N.M. school district will have the final say on whether their children see an instructional video on strategies for surviving an active shooter situation.
The district's custom-made safety video was recently posted on the school district website and YouTube for parents to review before it is shown to students, says a news report.
The Santa Fe district's video follows the "run, hide, fight" security strategy supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the report says.
"In the video, students barricade doors and engage in a classroom discussion about how to fight back if necessary with improvised weapons like scissors or a laptop. Students are warned they may need to flee school grounds, with overhead video footage that shows a school situated within a residential neighborhood," the report says.
According to the report, New Mexico gives its public schools autonomy over safety strategies and emergency drills, while relaying guidance on active-shooter scenarios from federal authorities at the U.S. Education and Homeland Security departments. Written safety strategies are filed with the Public Education Department every three years.